The Local East Village

The Local East Village launched September 13, 2010 as a collaboration between NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and The New York Times that lives on the NYTimes.com website at http://nytimes.com/eastvillage. The launch was celebrated ten days later with a party and speech by Pete Hamill that we videotaped for the annals. The preceding summer, NYU grad students reported the neighborhood in preparation for the launch. The 2011 NYTimes-NYU internship class emerged from a nationwide search. Twice, in Spring 2010 and Fall 2011, the NYU Stern Consulting Corps worked with the project on the marketing and business model for the summer academy and for the blog itself. The site’s founding editor was Richard G Jones, who completed his term in August 2011 and was succeeded immediately by Daniel Maurer, co-founder of New York Magazine’s Grub Street. Kim Davis was the founding community editor, succeeded by Stephen Rex Brown, who is also the blog’s chief correspondent. A Community Contributors Council formed in January 2011 advises the administrators and staff. The blog pays contributors competitive freelance rates. 

The Times’ hosting of the site will end in 2013.

One of the blog’s innovation projects is the Virtual Assignment Desk. Jay Rosen provides the backstory on the origins of the project in this blog post. 
For more backstory on The Local East Village: Click here for the NYU press release announcing launch of The Local East Village and here for full information about its companion Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy. The Local hosted a Hyperlocal Conclave July 8-9, 2011. In February 2012, the Local joined Fales Library and the NYU Program in Museum Studies in hosting a panel and exhibition about the East Village Other that generated a series of remarkable essays published first on The Local. A multimedia website http://EastVillageOther.org that includes video of the panel, audio with the major East Village Other contributors and staff, ephemera, pdfs of complete issues of the paper and reprints of the essays that originally appeared in The Local.

For more information on our project please visit the following links and read the press releases below. Or read Jay Rosen's post at PressThink, Explaining The Local: East Village, NYU's Collaboration with the New York Times. Also, these published stories:

Business Insider: Should The East Village "Blog Mafia" Really Be Out To "Stop" The New York Times' Hyperlocal Experiment? | NYU Builds 'War Chest' To Pay NYTimes.com's Local Bloggers | Nieman Journalism Lab: What the Times-NYU partnership says about the future of journalism education: A Q&A with Jay Rosen

 

Faculty Advisers: Daniel Maurer, Jay Rosen, Jason Samuels, Brooke Kroeger, Yvonne Latty, Jason Maloney, Perri Klass, Clay Shirky, Charles Seife

Fields of Study: Studio 20, Reporting New York, Stern Consulting Corps, Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy

 

New York University Press Release, September 05

The New York Times and NYU’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 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 -- http://eastvillage.thelocal.nytimes.com/ or http://localeastvillage.com -- 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.

For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, go to http://journalism.nyu.edu/. For more on The Local East Village, go to http://journalism.nyu.edu/lev/.

 

 Consulting Editor, Summer Interns Named for The Local: East Village

The Local: East Village, an online collaboration between the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and The New York Times, is pleased to announce the hiring of Kim Davis as the site's first consulting editor and the selection of five students for summer reporting internships with The Times.

Kim Davis is the first consulting editor of The Local: East Village. Since 2007, he has authored At the Sign of the Pink Pig, a weekly online magazine devoted to restaurants and the arts. He is also the founder of Mouthfuls, a New York-based community forum devoted to eating and drinking that has more than 1,500 members. He is also the author of Eating the Apple 2010, an online dining guide. Kim's work has also appeared in a range of British-based publications, including City Limits, The Literary Review and the New Musical Express. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Bristol and he has lived in the Village for nearly a decade.

The Summer Internship Class for The Local: East Village

Five students from the Institute, chosen as Times interns for specific assignment to The Local, will begin work this summer covering community events and preparing articles in advance of the site's launch in the fall.

The interns are Damon L. Beres, Rhea Mahbubani, Maya Millett, Michelle Regalado and Timothy J. Stenovec. They will also help Mr. Davis and the site's editor, Richard G. Jones, recruit potential contributors from the community.

"We're excited about these additions and are eager to begin working with our neighbors in the East Village," Mr. Jones said.

Damon L. Beres is a senior with a dual major in journalism and sociology. Last summer he held an internship with The Daily News and reported out of their Bronx bureau. He has worked at the Washington Square News for four semesters, most recently serving as a columnist and the editorial page manager. Last year, he spent a semester abroad studying in the Czech Republic where he focused on gender issues in post-Communist societies. Damon, who is working to become fluent in Japanese, also studied international reporting while in Europe. A Chicago native, Damon graduated high school with honors and was co-editor of the student newspaper.

Rhea Mahbubani is a master's student in the Reporting the Nation concentration. A graduate of Soka University of America, she holds a bachelor's degree in international studies. She spent the spring semester as an intern with amNewYork. In addition to her print experience, Rhea is also a photographer and is proficient at shooting high-definition video and editing with such software as Final Cut Pro. A speaker of Hindi, Marathi and Spanish, Rhea has also served as an intern at Artemisa Noticias in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maya Millett is a master's student with a concentration in Cultural Reporting and Criticism. She is a graduate of DePaul University where she holds a bachelor's degree with high honors in English with a minor in African and Black Diaspora Studies. She has served as a research assistant with the Johnson Publishing Company, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines. Maya recently completed long-form pieces on the Panamanian community in Crown Heights and the lingering effects of the desegregation era in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Michelle Regalado is a senior with a dual major in English and journalism and a concentration in General and Investigative Reporting. Last year she held internships with amNewYork and the Long Island Press. She has also worked as a contributor to the Washington Square News. Michelle spent the spring semester studying abroad in the Czech Republic. A Spanish speaker, Michelle is a native of Long Beach, N.Y. where she served as editor of her high school newspaper and worked on the yearbook.


Timothy J. Stenovec is a master's student in the Studio 20 concentration. He graduated magna cum laude from Colby College where he holds a bachelor's degree in history. Tim spent the spring as an intern at Current Media where he has helped develop ExplainThis.org. He has also worked as a host and producer for a television station in Vail, Colo. and served as a research assistant to New York Times reporter Diana B. Henriques. An experienced videographer and multimedia producer, Tim has spent the past year working with his classmates and Professor Jay Rosen to develop The Local: East Village. He will work this summer as part of a Studio 20 Fellowship.

New York Times Press Release

NYTimes.com to Collaborate with New York University for 'Local' East Village Community Site

NEW YORK, Feb 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NYTimes.com announced today a collaboration with New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute to create a new Local community news and information Web site covering the East Village in New York City.

The Local East Village site will be developed by N.Y.U.'s journalism faculty and students and is scheduled to launch later this fall. Richard G. Jones, an award-winning veteran journalist and former New York Times reporter, will serve as the editor of the site. Mr. Jones will work with students, faculty and the East Village community to cover the news of everyday life in the neighborhood.

Together with N.Y.U. professors Yvonne Latty and Darragh Worland, Mr. Jones will also manage "The Hyperlocal Newsroom," a course that will allow students to engage in a variety of ways, including reporting and writing for the site. Summer courses will also be available for students of other journalism institutions.

N.Y.U. will coordinate with Mary Ann Giordano, a New York Times deputy Metropolitan editor, on the editorial content for The Local East Village. The site will live on NYTimes.com. The Times is advising on the development of the site by the Carter Institute's "Studio 20 concentration," which is taught by Journalism Institute faculty members Jay Rosen and Jason Samuels.

"This collaboration with TheNew York Times emphasizes our commitment to the highest journalistic standards in providing an innovative model source of news and information about and for our East Village neighborhood," said Brooke Kroeger, director, the Carter Journalism Institute. "We intend to bring the Institute's many direct and indirect gifts to the project."

"We want to continue to expand our network of collaborations, in the New York area and across the country, through associations with individuals, companies and institutions that share our values - foremost, increasing the volume and scope of quality journalism about issues that matter," said Jim Schachter, editor, digital initiatives, The New York Times. "We think that the journalism program at N.Y.U. is the perfect match for this initiative."

The Local East Village is one of several collaborative journalism efforts The Times is exploring with news and academic organizations. In March 2009, The Times announced a similar alliance with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism for The Local Brooklyn site, which serves the residents of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill at NYTimes.com/fortgreene. In Chicago, The Times publishes a local edition with news provided by the Chicago News Cooperative, an independent, non-profit newsroom; later this year, the Bay Area News Project, a San Francisco-based non-profit newsroom, will begin providing news for the Bay Area edition of The Times.

NYTimes.com is the No. 1 newspaper-owned Web site and a top five current events and global news site according to Nielsen Online.

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New York University Press Release

New York Times, NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Team Up to Create News Site to Cover East Village

The New York Times and New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute have formed a collaborative agreement to cover New York City’s East Village under The Local, The Times’s network of community web sites. The site will be the first devoted exclusively to covering a Manhattan neighborhood.

“We want to continue to expand our collaborations, in the New York area and across the country, through associations with individuals, companies, and institutions that share our values-foremost, increasing the volume and scope of quality journalism about issues that matter,” said Jim Schachter, editor, digital initiatives, The New York Times. “We think that the journalism program at NYU is the perfect match for this initiative.”

The Local East Village (LEV) site will be built by NYU faculty and students, working with Times journalists and software developers, and is expected to launch this fall.

“This collaboration with The New York Times emphasizes our commitment to the highest journalistic standards in providing an innovative model source of news and information about and for our East Village neighborhood,” said Brooke Kroeger, director of the Carter Journalism Institute. “We intend to bring the Institute’s many direct and indirect gifts to the project. These include a state-of-the-art media facility; a community gathering place both on the Web and at our 20 Cooper Square location, and our ever-replenishing pool of student and faculty talent backed by the vast research resources of a distinguished university.”

The Carter Journalism Institute has appointed as editor of the site, Richard G. Jones, an award-winning veteran local and national reporter for The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“One of the most appealing aspects of working with the Institute is that it is firmly rooted in the enduring verities of journalism while also maintaining a broad and ambitious vision for the future of the craft,” Jones said. “We’ll work hard to ensure that The Local East Village represents the best of both of those worlds. I look forward to working with the students, faculty and the other members of the East Village community to help the site live up to its great potential.”

The endeavor will draw upon additional academic resources at NYU: the Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Two business students from Stern’s Undergraduate College will consult 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, will 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.

Throughout the spring, Jones will be planning the project with Carter Journalism Institute faculty Jay Rosen and Jason Samuels, along with their students in the Institute’s new graduate Studio 20 concentration, which runs projects on web innovation. New York Times editors will serve as advisers to the project.

“Incubating the East Village Local and figuring out how it works is exactly what we designed the Studio 20 concentration for,” said Rosen. “What I love about this project is that it’s really big, because the local news puzzle is one of the most important unsolved problems in journalism today, and fairly small, because this is a beat our students can literally walk.”

By fall of this year, the Institute’s “Reporting New York” concentration will support Jones and his wider community efforts through a new class, “The Hyperlocal Newsroom,” taught by Yvonne Latty and Darragh Worland. In the summer of 2011, the Hyperlocal Newsroom will welcome graduate and undergraduate journalism students from across the country to cover East Village beats and help coordinate wider community involvement.

In a similar collaboration with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, The Local currently covers the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill at NYTimes.com/fortgreene.

For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, visit the website.