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Papers presented in San Antonio for 20th annual Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium

The Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media and the National Newspaper Association and its foundation collaborated for 20 years on the “Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium.”

Papers for the 20th annual “Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium,” co- were presented at NNA’s 128th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas Oct. 2-5, 2014.

The following list of presenters participated:

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3: Take local news coverage to the next level

•A Scout is Frame-ful: Framing, Community Newspapers and the Boy Scouts of America, Marcus Funk, University of Texas at Austin

•Farming out the news: an analysis of agriculture coverage in rural newspapers, Sandra Robinson, California State University, Monterey Bay

•Down-home democracy: measuring citizens' response to changes in small newspapers' coverage of local elections, Scott Swafford, University of Missouri - Columbia


2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3: Take local readership to the next level

•Why community newspapers are burgeoning in China, Jock Lauterer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

•Digital delivery: how the way newspapers are reaching young readers is changing, Jennifer Greer, University of Alabama

•Students and the local library partner to revive local news, Meg McGuire, Community Reporting Alliance, Chester, N.Y. 

“The symposium was a good opportunity for newspaper editors and publishers and journalism educators to share ideas and research relevant to community newspapers,” Gloria Freeland, director of the Huck Boyd Center, said. “It was always interesting to see the variety of research and case studies presented at the annual event.”

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