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