Friday, August 18, 2006

Citizen journalism?

Citizen journalism is active at MyMissourian.com. The concept is taking root in mid-Missourian. This is a website that lets readers be the journalists. They submit event information and articles, which student journalists edit. The articles appear first online by eventually end up in a printed version.

Isn't this similar to what many weekly newspapers experience every day? If you are a newspaper editor you've had this type of experience: Ms. Smith comes in with a typed up news article and a photograph of the members in her Friday Social Club telling about their last meeting and invited women in the community to the group's next salad luncheon.

MyMissourian.com looks to me to be the high-tech version of citizen journalism.

To learn more about what this has meant for the Missourian and what it could mean for your local newspaper read a news article about it HERE.

In the meantime, what do you think? Does this have a role for your newspaper?

1 Comments:

Anonymous mariwinn said...

The Joplin Independent was the first Internet-only interactive news source in the Southwest Missouri area. Now in its fifth year of posting, it attracts commentary from citizen journalists from all over the world. The initial intent was to bring the world to Joplin; in exchange it has brought Joplin to the world.

9:10 PM, August 18, 2006  

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