Steve Outing on pro-am journalism, with an emphasis on creating closed networks of invited contributors.
Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Cruz, posed as a way to seed citizen journalism in town.
“4. Ask readers for information, not articles”
300-comment-long thread full of “I’m OK” and links to information. Breaking news crowdsourced, on the spot. Disasters are the easiest thing to do this with: Thousands of concerned mobile reporters leap into action.
One for the newsroom bulletin board.
Because while you don’t have enough reporters to put one in every community in town, you certainly have readers in every neighborhood.
A recipe for sending your reporters out on their feet into the community, not necessarily to do the reporting (nice if they do leave the desk, though), but to evangelize reporting. How to make reporters out of citizens. via david cohn
Local news from locals and aggregated from professional news sources. Can this work in a city the size of Seattle? Probably.
One of my bosses after attending a Dan Gillmor/JD Lasica talk: “But I wonder: how many people will be joining in. Are citizen-journalists merely going to be talking to each other? Or is this the future?”
Jay Rosen is looking for volunteers to put some time in on New Assignment’s first project. Are you game? Am I? Do I really have minutes left in my day to take on yet another side project? Maybe if we all volunteered to do just a little…