Author Archives: Leonard Witt

Will our JJIE.org have big impact on TV’s Beyond Scared Straight?

Today our Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org) ran a story and commentary addressing the new A&E TV series “Beyond Scared Straight,” which launches Thursday night January 13, 2011. From what I can tell we are the only news oriented organization that has taken a critical look at this series. Why is that important? Well our…

Haiti Earthquake Living Lab for Using New Media

New Knight Foundation funded report, Media, Information Systems and Communities: Lessons from Haiti, states in part: The [earthquake] relief efforts quickly became a living laboratory for new applications such as SMS (short message service) texting, interactive online maps and radio-cell phone hybrids. These tools were applied to urgent tasks such as guiding search-and-rescue teams, locating…

New York Times Provides Street by Street Census Maps

The New York Times Mapping America: Every City, Every Block is a useful tool for journalists and especially journalism students, who need to get out into diverse communities. Maps are available for Race and Ethnicity, Income, Housing and Education.

Pew: 65 Percent of Internet Users Have Paid for Content

So for those of you who think people will not pay for content, think again. This from a Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project report: Nearly two-thirds of internet users – 65% – have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from music to games to…

SoCon11– Social Media Meets Mobile Conference

SoCon11, the fifth anniversary of the South’s premiere social media conference, is now open for registrations. This year, along with the conference itself on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, we are having an anniversary bash at the Carter Center on Friday, Feb. 4. We have a holiday bargain — $99 for two party tickets and one…

Taking Down Newspaper Walls in the Digital Age

The New York Times has an interesting article about one small town newspaper’s transition to the digital age. Taking down the walls internally and opening up to the community is all part of the digital strategy for The Register Citizen in northwestern Connecticut. The article reads in part: …the idea of the cafe, public lounge…

App Developers Contact Us for Journalism Grant Possibilities

Hello all you app developers out there. We need your help and will help you try to get funding for ideas that work well for both you and us. Let’s make contact before Nov. 12, 2010 and then set up conversations on Friday Nov. 12 to move our ideas to the next step via possible…

Future of High Quality Journalism Will Demand Great Talent

Just about three years ago, I made a pitch saying there was room and, indeed, a big need in journalism for students who want to specialize and not be a Jack or Jane of All Trades. My pitch focused on great nonfiction writing. I wrote: My advice to the journalism student who wants to be…

SoCon07 Co-Producer Jeff Haynie Gets $9 million Investment

Wow, congratulations Jeff Haynie, founder of Appcelerator. This week venture capitalists pumped $9 million into his company which is producing mobile and computer based apps via a development community, which now stands at nearly 80,000 developers. Haynie was one of the co-producers of our SoCon07 and now of course we hope he comes back for…

Social Media Integration Workshop Big Hit

Our two-day Social Media Integration workshop is coming to an end. Best way to get a quick overview is to see the 1,019 tweets by 118 contributors at our Twitter hashtag #smiatl. Also watch for many of the slide show and video presentations and top social media guru interviews being conducted by our Center for…