After watching the Poynter Institute’s webinar on the State of the News Media 2012, I learned a few key things:

  • Newsrooms are shrinking.
  • Magazine launches are increasing with only a slight job loss.
  • Niche publications will become a new trend.
  • The future of journalism will be more collaborative.
  • Hyper local news sites may result in limited audiences.
  • Journalism schools are becoming a larger part of local digital news.

The most important thing I learned from the webinar was that there’s a need to produce more content for under served communities.

I bring you six websites that strive to do that (and did it well, might I add). Although I’m late on posting these, keep in mind that good things come to those who wait. These prototype websites focus on different community issues with the hopes that the site will bridge the gap between communities or inform people about them. Do you want to know the best part about it? They were all done by six graduate students that had no idea what they were doing, but judging by how they came out, who could tell?

Click below to see my website, as well as my fellow classmates’ websites, addressing a community problem or issue.


The Arts Gang

They Are Us: Shedding Light on the People Affected by HB 56

The Working Poor

Alabama Immigration: Making Sense of HB 56

Juanita Drive: Life after April 27


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