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Northfield Patch, hyperlocal news, and the future of journalism

Jane McWilliamsI normally prefer more narrowly focused blog posts. And any one of the three subjects in the blog post title would typically suffice.

But Jane McWilliams is teaching a Cannon Valley Elder Collegium course this spring titled The Future of Journalism (4 slots left as I write this) and local media moguls from KYMN, the Northfield News, Northfield Patch, Northfield.org, and yes, even Locally Grown are among the guests she’s having attend various class sessions.

  1. Since Northfield Patch is the new kid on the block here in town, its time to scrutinize their effort, both locally and nationally.  What has been their impact on Northfield thus far? What do you like about what they’re doing? What’s disappointing or problematic?
  2. PatchPatch is a national chain of hyperlocal news sites owned by AOL. There have been many other high profile hyperlocal news projects launched, with many failures already. What’s being learned out there?
  3. Journalism (local, state, national, international) continues to be in a state of extreme flux.  What do you like and not like about what you’re seeing?

If you come across interesting resources related to these issues, be sure to post them in a comment with a link and, if you’re up for it, an excerpt.

Superintendent Chris Richardson: He’s not a real doctor!

Superintendent Chris RichardsonIn a town with a thousand PhD’s, nobody refers to or addresses any of them with ‘Dr.’ or ‘Doctor.’ 

But for some reason, KYMN (example here) and the League of Women Voters of Northfield (example here) use it with the superintendent of schools. The Northfield News used to do it (2008 example here) but appears to have discontinued it.  I was glad to see that Northfield Patch did NOT do this last week in its first district-related story. Not even the school district itself does it, sticking instead to "Superintendent Richardson" in its minutes, though some school board members have a tendency to address him as ‘Doctor’ during the course of a board meeting.

I have nothing against Chris Richardson or the previous Northfield District superintendents, but IMHO, only medical physicians should be addressed as ‘Doctor’ or have the ‘Dr.’ in front of their names. Why treat superintendents as if they’re somehow special?

Our local college presidents (one has a Doctor of Philosophy/PhD, the other a Juris Doctor/JD) don’t get the Doctor/Dr. treatment from KYMN (example here). Not even former school superintendent Charlie Kyte (example here) does. So if they don’t, then neither should Richardson.

How about it, Jeff? How about it, Jessica?

Kathy and Sandy have a new Prairie’s Edge Humane Society segment on KYMN

Kathy Jasnoch, Sandy Vesledahl, Jeff JohnsonPrairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) has a new segment on KYMN called “Animal Attractions.” Kathy Jasnoch and Sandy Vesledahl are live on Jeff Johnson’s Morning Show every 2 weeks at 6:50 am on Thursdays. Sandy emailed me this:

We discuss 4-5 animals that we would like to highlight that are available for adoption and then any upcoming events or projects or whatever happenings at PEHS.

7:10 am update: I’ve added an in-studio photo above.  And the dog that they seemed most eager to find a home for: Chance

Sandy Vesledahl Chance at PEHS

Video: Anna Balfany performs 4pm to 10 (The 2010 Taste of Northfield Song)

Anna BalfanyAnna Balfany and Jessica Paxton I took this video last week of Anna Balfany,  daughter of NDDC board member Anastasia Balfany, performing her new song, ‘4pm to 10,’ during Jessica Paxton’s All Wheel Drive show on KYMN 1080 AM. She’ll be performing it live on Bridge Square, tomorrow and Friday for the 2010 Taste of Northfield.

Anna wrote and performed a song called ‘The Taste’ for last year’s Taste of Northfield. See the video and lyrics: Continue reading Video: Anna Balfany performs 4pm to 10 (The 2010 Taste of Northfield Song)

The heart of downtown, now streaming live 24/7

KYMN Radio and the Northfield Historical Society announced today via their respective blogs (here and here) that a webcam would now be streaming live video from Bridge Square.  KYMN’s Tim Freeland and NHS’s Hayes Scriven are the geniuses behind this.

You may remember that Tim Freeland and Adam Gurno did a proof of concept last year with the time-lapse video of the December snowstorm which was picked up by MPR. (Nice work, everyone. Have some Google juice.)

However, the moniker “KYMN-NHS-Cam” is kind of lame. How about SquareStream? RiverStream? Should we have a “name-the-camera” contest here on LoGro? Continue reading The heart of downtown, now streaming live 24/7

Lost your marbles? Studio Elements can help

Krin Finger, Jill Enestvedt, Jessica PaxtonMarbles etc at Studio ElementsI was listening to Jessica Paxton’s All Wheel Drive show on KYMN late yesterday afternoon on my way home from snowshoeing in the Carleton Arb and heard her yammering with interviewing that Rare Pair, Jill Enestvedt and Krin Finger, about marbles. I put on my paparazzo hat and got a photo.

Jill’s ‘occasional store,’ Studio Elements – which I blogged about last summer — is open today through Sunday. Marbles are available, among other items.

Live chat and live video for Thursday’s HPC meeting at 4:30 pm

We’re teaming up with KYMN Radio 1080 AM for today’s Northfield Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) meeting at City Hall which will focus on the proposed new building at 25 Bridge Square.

We’ll have both the video and live-chat on both sites, and all chat conversation across both sites will be visible in either site’s chat window so it doesn’t matter which site you visit. Continue reading Live chat and live video for Thursday’s HPC meeting at 4:30 pm

Listen live to KYMN while mousing around LoGroNo

We installed a KYMN 1080 Radio live audio stream widget on our upper left sidebar yesterday, similar to what Northfield.org has had on their right sidebar for quite a while. When you click the “listen live” image/button, a streaming bar appears on the bottom of your web browser window that looks like this. Continue reading Listen live to KYMN while mousing around LoGroNo