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"Journalism and the New Media Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the Messengers?"

SATURDAY 11 a.m. -- Non-profit and Foundation-funded models

What follows is an honest attempt to document a two-day conference at Yale Law School, "Journalism and the New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the Messenger?" The reporter is Bill Densmore of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. As with a similar in-the-moment report from a gathering at Harvard University two weeks ago, I make no warranty about the accuracy of direct quotes -- captured on the fly -- but make a promise to have supplied appropriate context as best as possible. The sessions are being videotaped. Consult that source for the final history of this event.

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Panelists for this session are Robert Lang, L3C proponent: David Westphal, of the annenberg School, Univ. of Southern California: Patrick Pabat and Nabiha Syed of the Yale Information Society Project; Bill Buzenberg, of the Center for Public Integrity; and James Cutie, of the Connecticut News Project.

Buzenberg: Have raised $500,000 to run investigative reporting network. Looking for an executive director. He doesn't know if watchdog journalism can be sustained by non-profit approaches. "There are people obsessed with it... but I don't know if it is going to be enough."

Cutie: Talks about how the Connecticut News Project will fund non-profit investigative journalism focused on state government. He explains how he came from years in main stream media and then in venture capital to adopting a non-profit model. "This is what it looks like when you've lived through the earlier models," he says. "Do you live your live with zeal and with zest, or be thinking about 'How do we get out?' "

Starting up the Connecticut Mirror

His editor is Mike Reagan and co-founder Shelly Gubal (not sure of either spellings)of the Connecticut Partnership for Children. Website will be called the Connecticut Mirror. Will include original reporting, links to work of others, easy access to documents and records.

Patrick Kabat -- there will be vastly increased advocacy reporting by advocacy groups. "Prosecutors officers, frankly, are newsrooms. They are newsrooms that don't do a very good job of publishing."

Nabiha Syed: Argues that universities are beginning to accept a responsibility to help with journalism: "The nice thing about universities is they are already everywhere."