The Online Journalism Review fell off my radar, and I suspect that of other news types, when USC Annenberg downsized the reach a bit back in 2008. I'm not sure what OJR has been doing lately. But now USC Annenberg has given it a new look and a new view of its role. The editor is Brian Frank, who is also the web editor for "SoCal Connected" at KCET. He explains the new OJR in a post today accompanied by a release from USC:
OJR opens a new chapter today with a fresh look and even more of the content you’ve come to trust. Not only that, but we’re looking to involve the greater journalism community in the discussion. We are now accepting submissions from reporters and media observers who can offer keen insight into the future of news.
But first, the look. OJR has developed a reputation for thoughtful, in-depth reporting and commentaries on the changing media landscape. That focus remains the cornerstone of our brand. Front and center you will always find one of our signature reports or commentaries, and the latest offering is a perfect example. Geneva Overholser, director of the journalism school at our host institution, USC Annenberg, raises critical questions about the nature of public interest reporting in a time when information is easier than ever to obtain but concerns over privacy threaten to muzzle discourse. Her focus is on the recent spate of government attacks on news organizations for publishing information about gun permit holders following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Beyond the website, we recently launched a Facebook page. There, and on Twitter, you will find more of the stuff we’re paying attention to... With these advances, we will be able to build on our continuing commitment to help our readers understand and contribute to the revolution taking place in news.