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Center staffing addition; Mobile workshop Wednesday, October 12, 6pm

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While the PPIIN CEO search continues, the Center for Public Interest Journalism has added a program coordinator, Jared Brey.  Jared graduated from Temple with a master’s degree in journalism in May.  He covers zoning reform for Planphilly.com, and teaches a business communication course in the Fox school. He also received his bachelor’s degree from Temple, majoring in English.  Jared will manage the Center’s online communications and assist Center Director Tom Jacobson and Associate Director Andy Mendelson in organizing events, including a mobile workshop next week.  Information on this event is below:

Mobile Strategies for Journalism
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mitten Hall, Room 250

The Center for Public Interest Journalism and the School of Communications and Theater’s Department of Journalism present Amy Gahran, JOUR ’90, media consultant and principal of House of Local.

Gahran is a journalist, consultant and entrepreneur who explores how media is changing — and how communities, organizations and media outlets can thrive in this change. Her current main focus is mobile media, because everyone has a cell phone and they’re using them in lots of interesting ways — even not-so-smartphones. She’s a co-founder of OaklandLocal.com, a community news/view site serving Oakland, Calif. (where she currently lives). Gahran also covers mobile technology for CNN.com, and offers guidance to journalists, newsrooms and news entrepreneurs through the Knight Digital Media Center at USC.  She’s always on Twitter at @agahran, and her blog is Contentious.com.

This event is free and open to the public. Light food and drink will be served.

Thanks for reading and hope to see you there.

Written by Mike Greenle

October 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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PPIIN CEO Search Brief Update

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Another quick post to provide an update on the PPIIN CEO search, which I hope provides some transparency to the hiring process (which typically requires a high level of confidentiality for applicants).  The leadership of the Center for Public Interest Journalism (the PPIIN project’s host organization) continues to be encouraged by the high level of interest from top-tier candidates in the public interest news and information field. The PPIIN search committee has interviewed candidates over this summer, with 12 being involved in either first or second round interviews from a national pool of prospective candidates of over 85.  While we are actively engaged with existing candidates, the search firm, Opus Partners, continues to surface interesting, qualified prospects, which is not uncommon in a wide-ranging search.  Because of this, the search is expected to continue into the autumn.   I will plan to continue to provide updates here as the search proceeds, and please feel free to post/email questions.  Thanks as always for your interest in the project.

Written by Mike Greenle

August 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

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ONA sponsorship application closed

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Thanks to all applicants for requests for sponsorships from the Center for Public Interest Journalism to this year’s ONA conference in Boston, MA.   The sponsorship program has filled and all applicants will be informed of the status of their application by Monday, August 22.  The Center is excited to have a strong contingent of Philadelphia-based public interest news and information gatherers attending the conference and looks forward to seeing attendees in Boston, MA on September 22, 2011. For questions or additional information, please write michael <dot> greenle <at> gmail <dot> com.

Written by Mike Greenle

August 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

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CPIJ sponsorship program for Online News Association conference

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UPDATED –  This application is now closed.  Original post:

The Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University is pleased to provide the opportunity for up to 18 members of the local public interest news and information community to attend the Online News Association conference in Boston, MA from September 22 – 24.  CPIJ will provide funding to cover conference registration, hotel, travel and a per diem for food for participants.

We’re excited about this opportunity because the conference has been helpful to past participants in gathering best practice information, learning about innovation in the field, and establishing connections with journalists and news gatherers from around the country working on similar issues.

To be eligible to participate, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a professional journalist or use professional journalism standards in news gathering
  • Focus on public interest news and information gathering in the Greater Philadelphia area
  • Be an active participant in the Philadelphia public interest news community
  • Be able to attend the entire conference

Because of limited space, only one applicant per organization will be able to receive an award.  Preference in selection will be given to participants in the Networked Journalism Collaborative process, which helped generate the concept for the Center for Public Interest Journalism and its project, the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network, but all are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send an email to michael <dot> greenle <at> gmail <dot> com with the following information:

  • Name
  • News Organization (if applicable)
  • URL/handle (if applicable)
  • Contact info (email/phone/address)
  • Link to relevant work samples (please do not send attachments)

The application process is open now, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so those interested are encouraged to apply immediately.  Applicants will be informed of their application’s status by August 19, 2011, and we will post here when all sponsorships have been awarded.

This program is funded by the Center for Public Interest Journalism as part of its mission to support professional development in the region’s public interest news and information community.

Written by Mike Greenle

August 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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Brief Update: PPIIN CEO search continues

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A quick post to provide an update on the PPIIN CEO search process.  I realize that updates from this blog are infrequent, mostly because the work of the group developing PPIIN is focused on the CEO search, which is inherently an internalized process.  Because of our interest in transparency and keeping the public interest news and information community engaged, I am writing to share that the PPIIN search committee is continuing to interview candidates over the next few weeks, likely completing its initial interviews in early July.  The committee expects to bring potential finalists back for additional interviews in late July.  As is standard in hiring processes, candidate identity and committee interview content are kept confidential, but the leadership of the Center for Public Interest Journalism (the PPIIN project’s host organization), is encouraged that Opus Partners, the firm leading the search process, has received interest from promising candidates both locally and nationally.  I will plan to keep you updated as the search proceeds, and please feel free to post/email questions.  Thanks as always for your interest in the project.

Written by Mike Greenle

June 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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Update on CEO search materials; Visions for local media networks; Awards programs

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The CEO search for the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network continues, and I am writing to share a backgrounder created by the leadership of the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University and Opus Partners, the search firm hired to identify potential candidates for the CEO position.  The backgrounder was created to provide information on the history of the project to prospective candidates, and we’re making it generally available because it will provide further clarity on the project’s evolution and intentions.  Please feel free to reach out with questions or comments following review.

Also would like to flag a blog entry by Christopher Wink, the co-founder of Technically Philly and a stakeholder of the PPIIN project, in which he offers his ideas for what PPIIN (and the CPIJ) should be. Earlier this month, he shared his vision for what Philly.com should be. CPIJ and PPIIN leadership welcome input into the planning of both organizations, so please feel free to share thoughts in comments or send to michael <dot> greenle <at> gmail <dot> com.

Finally, the application process for the Knight-Batten Awards for News Innovation, a program of J-Lab, is now open.  Qualified applicants from the Greater Philadelphia news and information community are encouraged to apply.

Written by Mike Greenle

May 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

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Updated PPIIN CEO position description and Barcamp News Innovation reminder

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A quick update on two fronts:

In response to feedback from sources and candidates, Opus Partners has updated the PPIIN CEO position description.  Feel free to post further questions in comments or email rebecca <dot> garrett <at> opuspartners <dot> net or me at michael <dot> greenle <at> gmail <dot> com with feedback.  Thanks to everyone who has provided helpful advice and references to talent thus far.

Also, a reminder that the culminating event of Philly Tech WeekBarCamp News Innovation, is tomorrow from 9am to 5pm at Annenberg Hall at Temple University (nearest cross streets, 13th and Diamond).  The attendee list tops 300 and is a truly impressive gathering of innovative practitioners in journalism, data, technology, and information.  The event is hosted by Technically Philly and sponsored in part by Temple’s Center for Public Interest Journalism and the School of Communications and Theater’s Journalism Department.  Register here.

Written by Mike Greenle

April 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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