University of Tennessee Knoxville: New Website Catalogs 26 Years of Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project

University of Tennessee Knoxville: New Website Catalogs 26 Years of Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project. “Each spring, professor Rob Heller from UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information takes his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find and photograph stories in the Campbell County community of 7,000, about 45 miles north of Knoxville…. A new website chronicles the history of the project and the amazing body of work it’s yielded over the years.”

Nieman Lab: Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.

Nieman Lab: Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.. “The nuts and bolts of Facebook’s local news efforts have largely remained within a black box. In an effort to open that black box, Facebook made a month’s worth of data collected for the Today In feature available to us so that we could analyze the local news available on Facebook. We combined these data with user interaction data from Facebook’s CrowdTangle platform and U.S. Census data in order to get a sense of how Facebook users engage with the different types of local news stories that are available to them, and how the availability of local news differs across different types of communities.”

NiemanLab: Attempting a meta-network for local news, Facebook announces community-building grantees

NiemanLab: Attempting a meta-network for local news, Facebook announces community-building grantees. “In its latest quest to build community, Facebook is trying to develop a meta-community for local news publishers to then, you know, build that community. The cycle is being completed with funding, with recipients announced Wednesday, for local outlets to host events and create tools for their own local areas.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Should a Colorado library publish local news?

Columbia Journalism Review: Should a Colorado library publish local news?. “Voters in Longmont—who previously approved a publicly owned fiber-optic broadband network, and now have some of the fastest internet speeds in the nation—could be asked to consider new taxes to fund a ‘library district,’a special governmental subdivision that would operate a community library. Roughly a dozen residents are pushing to explore the library district to include some form of community news component.”

The Outline: The woman who recorded 70,000 VHS tapes of… news

The Outline: The woman who recorded 70,000 VHS tapes of… news. “In December 2013, the Internet Archive, a non-profit in San Francisco committed to creating a free digital library, received 70,000 VHS tapes comprising a treasure trove of televised news. Apart from coverage of historical events like 9/11, the tapes contained quirky local stories that never commanded particular attention beyond the day they aired. They all came from a single source: Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began recording the news during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, and didn’t stop until her death in 2012.”

Nieman Lab: What kind of local news is Facebook featuring on Today In? Crime, car crashes, and not too much community

Nieman Lab: What kind of local news is Facebook featuring on Today In? Crime, car crashes, and not too much community. “…what kind of local news is Facebook providing in the places where Today In is live? Crime alerts and court decisions, mostly. The crime-and-courts-and-death beats — often just TEEN MISSING or SEXUAL PREDATOR ON THE LOOSE stuff, barely digested police alerts — represented more than half of the stories in Today In during a week-long experiment I ran recently. “