Category Archives: citizen journalism

Online journalism bloggers on Virginia massacre

A roundup of some online journalism bloggers’ posts regarding today’s shootings: [UPDATE] Poynter’s Al Tompkins has links to all sorts of excellent coverage: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=2&aid=121541 Steve Outing: Social networking plays a role in another big story Bloggers Blog: Blogs, Cell Phones … Continue reading

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France bans filming of violence

The French Constitutional Council has enacted a law to prevent the filming of an act of violence by anybody other than a professional journalist, according to a report from Macworld. While the law is meant to target the practice of … Continue reading

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Examining the relationship between writer and message board troll

Salon’s Gary Kayima has written a thoughtful, well-written (if somewhat long) piece examining how the outpouring of public commentary is affecting writers’ relationships with their readers. Also, make sure to browse through the comments. Some highlights from his article: “All … Continue reading

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CNET, Yahoo and making use of social networks

Martin Stabe highlights a story by the Guardian’s Jemima Kiss covers a forum by the Association of Online Publishers in which representatives from CNET and Yahoo! get into the nitty-gritty of how they’re leveraging content from users and some of … Continue reading

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Web sites for citizen journalism techniques, tutorials

In response to a question on the Placeblogger listserv, I put together a list of Web sites that are great for citizen journalism tutorials (particularly free ones). Here’s the list: Knight Citizen News Network –  http://www.kcnn.org  This site was created … Continue reading

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Placeblogger’s Top 10 in America list

If you haven’t perused the Top 10 list of placeblogs over at Placeblogger, you are certainly missing out. There were a few local blogs on the list I had not yet run across that I will be sifting through in the next … Continue reading

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Washington Post on the Backfence meltdown

The Washington Post has a more in-depth report on the recent staff cutbacks and loss of the CEO at the hyperlocal site Backfence. Some of the more stinging remarks: “Realistically, it’s going to take close to 10 years for the … Continue reading

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New York Times covers citizen journalism trend

Just caught an article that ran in yesterday’s New York Times about various local citizen journalism initiatives being carried out by individuals. (Also, make sure to check out David Carr’s interesting take on journalists blogging, and pay particularly attention to … Continue reading

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Roundup of Yahoo! Local features

Search Engine Watch has published an interesting feature on Yahoo! Local’s attempts to increasingly incorporate user-generated content into their listings. Some of the new features include allowing users to edit business listings by updating outdated addresses or flagging locations that … Continue reading

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Asia leads the way in blogs

Steve Safran at Lost Remote drew attention to a surprising discovery: Asia, particularly Japan, South Korea and China, are way ahead of the United State in terms of blog readership. Check out Safran’s post for links about the study, or just check out the … Continue reading

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Downsizing drama at Backfence

Poynter’s Amy Gahran has a good roundup on the bloodletting (that is, the CEO leaving and the big staff cutbacks taking place) at the hyperlocal site Backfence. Gahran wonders whether an operation such as Placeblogger has a better shot at … Continue reading

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Jimmy Wales on ‘crowdsourcing’

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales summed up the spirit of working together online in an e-mail to folks working on the new Wikia search project. In part of his message, he wrote: “One of the things that I believe in passionately … Continue reading

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