June News and Research from the ACDC– Issue 23-06

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Where journalism “matters so much” in climate change

 Harvard University faculty member Daniel Schrag recently emphasized honest messaging as a key role of journalism in facing challenges in climate change. He spoke to Nieman Fellows early this year about how the media can help citizens understand the limitations of climate optimism and adapt in realistic ways.

“I think we’re going to be innovative in agriculture and we’ll be innovative in architecture. We’re going to be innovative in all sorts of things not because we’re brilliant but because we’re up against it.”

You can read a summary of his remarks in Nieman Reports here.


Celebrating rural libraries

 We are adding to the ACDC collection some feedback which Rural Assembly received during April when it invited views about the impact of libraries on people’s lives. Here are some of the themes shared about local libraries:

  • A refuge
  • Rooted in history
  • A family affair
  • A social hub
  • Battling misinformation
  • Freedom (of being surrounded by books and having access to them)

You can read the article here.

Community radio promotes local development across Africa

We are adding to ACDC a 2023 report featuring a new radio station in Senegal’s Bassari Country. Run by and for the listening community served, it broadcasts in six local languages.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has supported and promoted community radio stations such as this for more than 50 years, globally. Local stations facilitate social interaction, fit well with oral traditions and support democratic processes within societies.

“What makes a community radio so powerful is its potential as a tool to reach out to people with little or no access to information.”

You can read the report here.

New smart shelf retail tags help “make products come to life”

A recent article in The Packer described how new smart shelf tags are helping an organic and specialty food distributor in North America instantly provide extra digital content about items via hyper dynamic QR codes. Consumers can instantly gain information about nutrition and allergen content, promotional offers, traceability, testimonials, and videos and images.

“Retailers never have to source, manage or update content, and the tags include automatically- printed codes.”

You can read the article here.


“Rescuing and reviving rural journalism”

 Research findings reported in a 2023 issue of Journalism Practice identified a “clear disconnect” between U.S. rural newspaper publishers and their readers about possible funding models. Researchers Teri Finneman, Patrick Ferrucci and Nick Mathews surveyed rural newspaper publishers and rural residents to better understand their attitudes toward funding local news.

“Overall, our study found readers are most supportive of events, print subscriptions, e-newsletters, memberships, and donations. … As a whole, the reader results stand in direct contrast to not only publishers’ perceptions of what readers would support, but also publishers’ willingness to enact mechanisms to diversify revenue streams.”

This article is not available by open access. You can read the abstract and learn how to gain full-text access here. Or invite our help at acdc@library.illinois.edu


Communicator events approaching

Here are event plans you may find helpful, with contact information you can use for details. We welcome suggestions or revisions for this calendar.

June 22-24, 2023
“The ever-changing media landscape.”  Annual conference of American Horse Publications (AHP) in Phoenix-Tempe, Arizona.
Information: https://americanhorsepubs.org/2023-ahp-meet-at-the-mesa-conference

September 10-13, 2023
Annual general meeting of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) in St. Malo, France.
Information: https://enaj.eu

November 15-17, 2023
80th Annual Convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Information: https://nafb.com/events/nafb-convention


So you want to be a leader

We close this issue of ACDC News with a bit of traditional advice from Wales for those who aspire to leadership:

“A fo ben, bid bont” – “If you want to be a leader, be a bridge”


Best regards and wishes

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