Panel: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York: Jane Jacobs and an Activist Press


Jane Jacobs and other activists were canny media strategists, and they worked both mainstream and alternative outlets to spread their messages, affect public perception and try to create both community and change. Today, blogging and other virtual forms of journalism are being used to greater and lesser effect by activists, developers and others trying to shape the debate over the city’s future.

This panel will consider the lineage of activist journalism, from pamphletting and the early Village Voice to today’s online investigative journalism and community organizing.

  • Sewell Chan, The New York Times — moderator
  • Gay Talese, author
  • Norman Oder, Atlantic Yards Report
  • Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, El Diario
  • Jane Hamsher,


Gathering in Memory of Jane Jacobs

Shin-pei Tsay and Lisa Chamberlain have organized a gathering in memory of Jane Jacobs on the anniversary of her death, April 25: Come raise a glass in honor of Jane Jacobs— a community activist who knew when to don the white gloves, when to get arrested, and when to unwind at the local pub. Speakers: Darren Walker, Vice […]