The Local East Village Blog to Launch September 13

Posted on: September 8th, 2010 at 10:36 am by

That joint venture (nay, experiment) between NYU and the New York Times, which ruffled the feathers of many established neighborhood blogs already in the game, is almost here.  Business Insider is now reporting that The Local East Village (aka LEV) will go live on September 13. And NYU continues its quest to control downtown…

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Here is the full press release from NYU.  How do you feel about this new venture?

The New York Times and New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute will launch The Local East Village, part of The Times’s network of community web sites, on September 13. The site, which will cover New York City’s East Village, is the first devoted exclusively to reporting on a Manhattan neighborhood.

“We intend to add new value — in all media formats — to the East Village’s already rich and vibrant online presence,” said Brooke Kroeger, director of the Carter Journalism Institute.

“The Local East Village gives us another opportunity to explore ways to provide quality online journalism to communities here and across the country,” said Mary Ann Giordano, a deputy Metro editor, New York Times. “We also look forward to seeing NYU’s innovations at work, so we can learn more about engaging and involving readers in coverage.”

The Local East Village (LEV) site is built by NYU faculty and students, working with Times journalists and software developers. Carter Journalism Institute Professor Richard G. Jones, an award-winning veteran local and national reporter for The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer, is the site’s editor.

The site will feature a Virtual Assignment Desk, an interactive digital platform that has been created as a WordPress plug-in. It provides an editorial work flow system for both assigning stories, and receiving and managing ideas, tips, and finished work from community and student contributors. Any registered user of nytimes.com will be able to go to a special page to see what assignments are available.

The site has a rotating community liaison editor. The first is Kim Davis, an East Village resident who publishes At the Sign of the Pink Pig, a weekly online magazine devoted to restaurants and the arts, since 2007. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including City Limits, the Literary Review, and the New Musical Express.

“The site is a significant step forward in pro-am journalism collaborations,” said Jones. “Our goal is that as much as half of the content on the site will be produced by our East Village neighbors.”

The Institute’s graduate “Reporting New York” concentration, directed by Yvonne Latty, will support Jones and his wider community efforts through a new class, “The Hyperlocal Newsroom,” which teams Jones and Latty with other Carter Institute faculty members, including Mary Quigley and Darragh Worland.  The project incubated in the new graduate Studio 20 concentration, which runs projects on web innovation, and is led by faculty members Jay Rosen and Jason Samuels. New York Times editors and technology staff are serving as advisers to the project.

Starting in May 2011, the Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy will welcome journalism students from across the country to cover East Village beats and help coordinate wider community involvement. These include pre-college and college tracks as well as a select number of three-month graduate-level LEV internships, credit and non-credit, available on a competitive basis. For more on the The Hyperlocal Academy, click here.

The endeavor draws upon additional academic resources at NYU: the Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the Tisch School of the Arts’ Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Business students from Stern’s Undergraduate College have been consulting on marketing and strategy for the LEV site through the SCC, a program that offers its students 10-week consulting internships with prominent non-profit organizations in NYC, including mentorship from representatives at top-tier consulting firms.

Students in the Courant Institute’s “Information Technology Projects” course, taught by Clinical Associate Professor Evan Korth, serve as consultants for the LEV site. The course, part of Courant’s Computer Science Department, teaches students how to apply their technical skills in a practical team-oriented context to build real world IT solutions for businesses, government agencies, or non-profit organizations.

The Institute is also working with sensor technology emerging from the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts for possible use in generating real time data about noise levels in the East Village, which is a major complaint of community residents.

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