“We’ve all been part of communities since kindergarten, or earlier. Churches, schools, sports teams, and neighborhoods all satisfy basic human desires to interact with others and work toward a common goal. And yet, when these communities are online and we start to think of them as “social sites,” these concepts can suddenly feel foreign.”
Thoughtful and mildly theoretical (or at the very least, psychological) notes for anyone building a social component to a network.
Worth a periodic read; Boss Owens runs down some of the obvious things your newsroom should be doing when they wear their Community Manager hats. And they should be wearing them all the time, BTW.
Dave Cohn is finding ways to get his News Challenge project running, no development required. And so it begins: Start with the tools at hand, gather a crowd, gain momentum…
The Merc’s Chris O’Brien writes about the takeaways from the first CopyCamp.
A great follow-up to this weekend’s Carnival of Journalism. Doug Fisher goes in-depth on one town / one newspaper, analyzes what they’ve tried, re: innovation (or catching up, as the case may be).
Steve Outing on pro-am journalism, with an emphasis on creating closed networks of invited contributors.
These are great basic guidelines for comments on news sites: registration + e-mail confirmation on first comment + pool rules.
There’s a comment thread here with 171 posts right now, including a bunch basically live-blogging a local gov’t meeting as it happened. Awesome.
Parenting site starts an edition in my town – sort of – as always, it’s hard to be local unless you have local humans driving participation. Of course, they’re advertising on the local newspaper.com.