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Exeter Reunion 2022

Archive of “passion” presentation by Bill Densmore, Williamstown, Mass. With the colors: The past and future of news, communities and democracy.  (VIEW ACCOMPANYING SLIDES AS A PDF)    Additional notes about Berkshire journalism change and decline  WHITE PAPER: From … Continue reading

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Clickshare’s dynamic pricing approach now “off-patent”; could it be focus of Internet commerce?

Starting in 1994,  the founders of Clickshare Service Corp. developed a prototype for “dynamic pricing” for information commerce on the web.  Now, 17 years later, the idea is emerging as a central tenant of ecommerce. And the patent has expired. … Continue reading

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Cable-model analogy to Clickshare cited in PEJ annual report

The online section of the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism annual report on the U.S. news media, out March 16, 2010, included a reference to Clickshare. Scroll down to the “Micropayments” section:   “Another discussed revenue stream has been the kind of … Continue reading

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Expecting accountability? Then Tom Price has a question to answer

Earlier this week, Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, tried to ask the Trump adminstration a question about health care. Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas E. Price did not answer. The circumstances under which the question … Continue reading

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INVITATION: Learn how communities can get — and create — information we need to be self governing — May 18-21, Portland, Ore.

TO FRIENDS PASSIONATE ABOUT JOURNALISM AND COMMUNITY Consider joining us May 18-21 in Portland, Ore., for “Elevate Engagement,” a gathering to explore new ways for the public to get — and create — the information we need to be self … Continue reading

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Testing theories about Trump, religion, faith, immigration and politics at Harvard Divinity School symposium

By Bill Densmore  / PRINTABLE VERSION Here are my file notes from attending a “Symposium on Religious Literacy and Journalism,” on Dec. 8-9, 2016 at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. The Religious Literacy Project SCHEDULE SPEAKERS/LEADERS — … Continue reading

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Journalism That Matters sets Oct. 1-4 gathering in Portland focused on community engagement

You’re invited to . . . Experience Engagement A national conference and practice workshop: How can communities and journalism thrive together? Oct. 1-4, 2015, Portland, Oregon Presented by Journalism That Matters and the Agora Journalism Center of the University of Oregon … Continue reading

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ITEGA provenance: The “four-party model” — choice, control for consumers, opportunity for publishers

The open Internet has shifted access and control of digital information largely from publishers to consumers.  Many publishers are struggling to make money. Consumers have access to ubiquitous information, but have trouble sorting it or acquiring the most trustworthy knowledge. … Continue reading

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Does local newspaper ownership matter? These experts found more than 30 of nation’s 50 “most successful” newspapers were locally owned

Three years ago,  a former news manager and news-management consultant — a married couple just retired from teaching journalism in Oregon — set out on a 50-state journey to spotlight some of the most successful U.S. daily newspapers.  They stopped and … Continue reading

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Another voice explains why newspapers must move beyond the news

We’ve written about the need for newspapers to stop thinking about they physical product  and start acting like “information valets” for their users in an age where attention is at a premium — helping users to manage their “personas.”   … Continue reading

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