We have a new community!

On Monday, at the final board meeting of EIJ in Orlando, the SPJ Board approved the formation of a community journalism community.

This community is going to examine issues surrounding journalists in urban, rural and suburban communities, helping community journalists and gain strength from other members. The community journalism community becomes the sixth in SPJ’s community network, and is being led by Al Cross, a former SPJ president and Director of the Institute on Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved in this new community, you can reach Cross by email here. If you have any questions about the community process, our current network of communities or if you have an idea for your own community, please email me.

Alex Veeneman, a Chicago based SPJ member, is SPJ’s Community Coordinator and a blogger on social media in journalism for Net Worked, SPJ’s Digital blog. Outside of SPJ, he is Co-Student Life Editor and contributing writer for Kettle Magazine, an online publication in the UK. You can interact with Veeneman on Twitter here.