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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.

Registration begins for spring CVEC classes

A Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC) volunteerCannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC) volunteer (name?) was on registration duty at the Northfield Senior Center on Tuesday when I dropped off a check for the classes that Robbie and I are taking this spring.

See the course descriptions and schedule in the PDF of the CVEC spring 2011 newsletter or view it in a variety of ways below.

But don’t delay. Some courses are already full.

CVEC Spring Newsletter 2011

CVEC joins the blogosphere; spring course registration now open

CVEC blogsite I’ve been working with (L to R) Bill Carlson, Ray Eng, and Ed Lufkin to convert the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC) website to a WordPress-based blog site. It went live last week.

Bill Carlson, Ray Eng, Ed LufkinCVEC is in the middle of registration for their Spring 2009 courses.  See the 3 PDFs on their home page for course descriptions, registration, and the schedule/enrollment update. There’s no online registration nor online payment yet. That capability will be available for the next round of courses.

Bill Woehrlin rolls up his sleeves for the Red Cross and the CVEC

Bill Woehrlin I had the table across from Bill Woehrlin yesterday at the Red Cross two-day blood drive at the Northfield Ballroom. Bill quit his history gig at Carleton a long time ago and is now known for his Cannon Valley Elder Collegium courses. (continued) Continue reading Bill Woehrlin rolls up his sleeves for the Red Cross and the CVEC