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Aaaaaaand, we’re back! Next Social Hour Feb. 18

02/12/2010

Colin Fogarty, the editor of the Northwest News Network, will be the presenter at the next Digital Journalism/SPJ social hour. We’ll be meeting at a new location: Invasion Lounge on 4th and Stark in downtown Portland. Not only do we get our own room, we get a sound system, too.

Fogarty is a former OPB reporter who took the helm of NNN in September, 2008. NNN is the 7-year-old public radio news cooperative that allows regional stations to share work. It has four bureaus in three states, including statehouse bureaus in Olympia and Salem. But it doesn’t have any “employees”. This is how NNN describes it:

“Instead, each member of our staff is “hosted” by a member station. Technically, they are employees of those stations, which provide administrative assistance, paychecks and health coverage. In turn, N3 reimburses the stations for those costs. This structure saves N3 and its member stations the significant overhead costs of developing a business office, HR, IT support, engineering, etc. The host stations provide these services as part of their contribution to this joint effort.”

Come meet Fogarty as he talks about the different ways NNN is trying to change public radio news in the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
Invasion Cafe and Lounge
412 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Contact:
Abraham Hyatt, Digital Journalism Portland
Libby Tucker, Society of Professional Journalists, The Columbian

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