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Citizen Journalism by Mind Map: Citizen Journalism
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Citizen Journalism

Jeff Background

self imposed exile for mainstream media

15 yrs at washington post

sees new journalism being born online. wanted to be involved

interested in what we're doing and waht to achieve.

Wendy background

blogger since 2003. dkos. unbossed

now blogs v. little. mostly original, investigative reporting

Robin Background

from minnesota

corp and mktg bkgd

minnesota is leading in publications going online-only


too much bad talk on TV.

bcast journalism is so sensory

supplement with video and audiio, we're basically writers but..., can do lots more with our tools now

you should create counter-narrative

raw information can be shared, e.g. searchable campaign finance database, let readers get into it.

define citizen journalist

active reporting

reflective response

credentials - being taken seriously

write with person who disagrees with you in mind. thinkg of them as your target, watch tone, treat people fairly, send link to person you wrote about, v important if trying to build big audience

make up your own, laminate, check your state rules, no one wants to be the guy who turns away the press

helpful tools & tips


Serialize your story - break it up, establishes your ownership of topic, helps google ranking and traffic

followup. subject: "News Update"

are community blogs not set up to be good journalism outlets?

some folks just want to be heard

too many disparate voices

may be good for traffic but not as much legitimacy

solve this partly in design. keep community in column separate

you will be judged by the worst post on your site

maintain really high quality




Donnel Johnson - Witchita

deaf man tasered by police when reaching for hearing aid

Offer Continuing coverage

Bridge Collapse, started live blog gathering coverage, 10 stories over next week, bridge of the week series, what's happened with DOT?

Living Word Christian Center - MN, she got endorsement from pulpit, what made story was our continuing coverage