This case study is part of Resilience Reports, a series from the European Journalism Centre about how news organizations across Europe are adjusting their daily operations and business strategies as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
By Tara Kelly, Via Poynter Institute
In a nutshell: Koncentrat developed a TV show that aired online and on regional television stations to help inform students about key media literacy concepts.
When Denmark’s schools closed in March as a precaution against the coronavirus, teachers scrambled to come up with remote teaching materials for their students. For Danish news startup Koncentrat, this presented a perfect opportunity to expose its archive of news articles and didactic materials and help teachers build lesson plans around the topics of media literacy and current affairs.
In addition to opening up its content to non-subscribers and continuing its successful “youth correspondents” network, the team created a daily 35-minute educational program that aired on YouTube, Facebook and Danish regional television. The show’s success means Koncentrat now expects to double the number of schools subscribing to its content over the next 12 months.
Here, Tara Kelly of the European Journalism Centre explains how the Copenhagen-based news startup conceived and filmed the show while adhering to strict social distancing rules.
What is Koncentrat?
Founded in 2017, Koncentrat is a Danish news media startup designed to help young people think critically about important and newsworthy topics. Aimed at 13-to-17-year-olds, it was founded as a collaboration between journalists and specialists in didactics (the theory of teaching). Journalists write explanatory news articles about current affairs, and teachers create assignments to be used in school lessons alongside these articles.
All students and teachers in the Danish education system use a digital ID system — called UNI-login — to access educational services and teaching materials. Koncentrat sells subscription packages to schools and regional education authorities across Denmark and makes its teaching materials available via UNI-login. The downside of this approach is that organizations from outside the education sector cannot purchase or access its content.
Susan applied for the fellowship based in part on her pre-COLab reporting collaboration with the Rio Blanco Herald Times on the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill man. Among those in the community who recommended her for the fellowship was the police officer who pulled the trigger. That tells you a lot about Susan’s work and why the selection committee was so impressed.
The committee said of the eight new fellows: “Each of you, your passion for mental health and your project have been bright lights in dark times.”
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Amanda McCracken, a Boulder journalist and writing instructor, offers a very personal report and two-years-later progress report on an SPJ Colorado-funded effort to help girls in Senegal learn about and practice journalism.
I want to first thank the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for supporting the Senegalese project from which the following story unfolds.
Imagine teaching a 16-year-old Senegalese student how to write a story about her life, her village, and/or her country. Then imagine teaching her how to broadcast it so that the whole world can read the story. When you empower someone with the ability to share stories, you ignite change that grows exponentially.
The summer of 2018 kicked off the beginning of a journalism program for female students in Gueoul, Senegal (a village of about 11,000 on the edge of the Sahara). Thanks to the grant provided by SPJ Colorado Pro, Friends of Gueoul was able to purchase software to start an e-newspaper authored by the girls of Gueoul.
Local newsrooms have been hit hard by the crisis over the past month, but several are planning expansions that can provide a much-needed shot of optimism for the industry.
Driving the news: McClatchy plans to launch a new digital local news outlet called The Longmont Leader this spring, serving the residents of Longmont, Colorado, executives tell Axios.
McClatchy will be taking over all of the existing assets of the Longmont Observer, a free, nonprofit, hyperlocal news website in the community currently run by local volunteers. The new outlet will be designed similarly to how McClatchy launched its first local newsroom in Youngstown, Ohio, six months ago with Google’s funding.
McClatchy will hire 5 people to start. That includes one person for sales and revenue operations, along with two reporters, an editor and an assistant editor. “We’re in middle of global pandemic, and local news is more a important need than ever,” says Mandy Jenkins, general manager of The Compass Experiment. “We’re just going to jump in and try to make a quick impact on the community.”