Citizen Journalism

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Crowdsourcing, citizen journalism, and the lesson of scrapbook news

I want to further explore the idea of “scrapbook news” as a way of reframing the crowdsourcing/citizen journalism discussion. One reason mainstream news organizations haven’t embraced the concepts may be that the spirit (if not the letter) of the cit-j discussion tends to focus on the people involved »

Wrong On Hyperlocal: Google And Web 1.0 Killed Backfence

There’s been a lot of debate about what killed Backfence, the hyperlocal news site. Was it poor design? Lack of incentives for users to generate content? Bad business model? Maybe all of these contributed. But what really killed Backfence was Google and Web 1.0. One of the first »

Virginia Tech: First Thoughts

I haven’t posted yet about Virginia Tech because I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it, which is difficult, to say the least. For me, Andrew Sullivan’s first take still applies: There is so much we don’t yet know about the Virginia Tech massacre, so »

Reinventing The News Business Requires A Little Imagination

There seem to be two principal reactions to the collapse of the print classified business that is destroying the print newspaper business. The first reaction is to insist, as San Francisco columnist David Lazarus does, that people should pay for the news. The second reaction is evident in the report »

Journalism Should Be Nonprofit

Jay Rosen proposes a new model for jouralism — “In simplest terms, a way to fund high-quality, original reporting, in any medium, through donations to a non-profit called NewAssignment.Net.” What jumps out at me, beyond the effort to empower “pro-am, open-source” journalism, is that it’s a nonprofit endeavor, driven »

Blogging and Journalism at Mesh

I’m headed off to the Mesh Conference in Toronto, where I’ll be on a panel with Om Malik, Michael Tippett, and Mathew Ingram, debating whether bloggers are journalists. I’m with Jay Rosen on this: The question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, »

Appearances and the Law in the Lance Dutson Lawsuit

Much has been said already about the lawsuit against blogger Lance Dutson by ad agency Warren Kremer Paino Advertising, but here are some issues I haven’t seen addressed yet: The lawsuit should be required reading for every blogger — seeing the substance of his blog posts cast in the legal »