How to make citizen journalism work


Roy Greenslade writes:

“Residents in the New Hampshire town of Deerfield felt their affairs were not being adequately reported, so they started their own newspaper, The Forum. But that’s not the only innovation. The newsprint version is published only on an “as needed” basis, about four times a year, and then mailed to 7,200 homes. The main news appears on its website. Launched in August 2005 by Maureen Mann and her neighbours, it has enjoyed overwhelming success, producing 30 to 40 stories a week and boasting 80 regular contributors, of all ages. Nobody is paid, except for an ad seller who works on commission. In other words, it’s a true example of citizen journalism. (Via Media Life) “


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