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18th Annual Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium

18th annual "Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium," co-sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media, the National Newspaper Association Foundation and the NNA, was Oct. 5 at NNA's 126th annual convention in Charleston. The convention ran from Oct. 4-7.

The following papers were presented on Oct. 5:

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012: Local newspaper coverage of important community issues

  • The effect of community structure on newspapers' coverage of issues involving conflict vs. consensus in the community-Marshal D. Rossow, Minnesota State University-Mankato

  • The next President is at the front door again: an analysis of local media coverage of the 2012 Republican Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary and South Carolina Primary - Marcus Funk, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Reporting health: rural newspaper coverage of health in Kentucky - Al Cross, University of Kentucky

2:15-315 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012: Social media and reader - submitted content

  • Using social media to report the news: the good, the bad and the ugly - Maria Raicheva-Stover and Robert Burkett, Washburn University

  • Before bloggers there were ploggers (print loggers): community journalism correspondents - Beth Garferick, University of North Alabama

  • Mr. and Mrs. John Doe announce the engagement of...: a study of the decline in reader-submitted content in four eastern Kentucky community newspapers - Deborah Givens, Eastern Kentucky University

3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012: Case studies and community engagement

  • Community crisis and community newspapers: a case study of the Licking Valley Courier - Elizabeth Hansen, Easter Kentucky University, and Hargy Hansen, University of Kentucky

  • Toto, I have a feeling we're not (just) in Kansas any more - Jock Lauterer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Developing a community-wide open-source multimedia hub in Greensburg, Kan.: An exploratory study of challenges ahead - Sam Mwangi, Bonnie Bressers and J. Steven Smethers, Kansas State University

Link to 17th annual "Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium