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Media outlets love to use citizen journalism, but don’t like to say where they got it or how

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr user Petteri Sulonen<p>While some media outlets feel that “citizen journalism” or user-generated content is …

For journalists, interacting with readers isn’t just good practice — it could mean survival

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / Digital Vision<p>There are any number of paradigm shifts that are taking place in media and journalism …

How publishers-turned-platforms pay their amateur contributors

As digital publishers look for new ways to make money, many of them are chasing the the publisher-as-platform model. From financial sites like Forbes …

The stronger citizen reporter

“Covering the realities of everyday life — car accidents, house fires, general police activity, weather emergencies — is well suited to the citizen journalist.”<p>Citizen journalism is not a new concept. In the digital age, prior to the advent of Twitter, bloggers were the flag bearers of the …

In suburban D.C., a network of hyperlocal news sites expands and bets on local advertising

“If everybody’s focused on the billion-dollar opportunity in local, they’re going to be missing out on a lot of other opportunities, because this isn’t a billion-dollar space.”<p>When the Curbed network of websites — local outlets focused on dining, real estate, and fashion — was bought by Vox Media …

Johnston Press to launch 'people's paper', with 75% of content from public

Regional publisher Johnston Press is to attempt a radical reinvention of one of its titles that will see as much as 75% of its content come from the local community, an experiment that it hopes could pave the way for a new model for small weekly newspapers.<p>Codenamed the Bourne Experiment, echoing …

Inside the BBC’s Verification Hub

A group of soldiers speaking Arabic shovel sand into a pit while a disembodied voice wails. After a few seconds it becomes apparent that the …

Storyful and the open newsroom: Journalism gets better when more people do it

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr user Petteri Sulonen<p>There’s been a lot of talk in the media business about concept of an “open newsroom,” one in …

Urbita, The Pinterest For Cities, Blows Past 10M Unique Visitors In August With Mobile Site Launch

FounderFuel Fall 2012 cohort grad Urbita, a startup based in LA and Buenos Aires, has managed to quietly amass a huge consumer following, having topped 8 million monthly unique visitors in July, and then managing a 25 percent increase over the course of August to more than 10 million monthly unique …

Digital First Media gathers social content with CrowdyNews

<b>Credit: By jared on Flickr. Some Rights reserved.</b><p>Over the last year Digital First Media newsrooms have been rolling out a new feature on their …

New site from Chicago Tribune crowdsources 'what's hot' in the city

<b>Credit: By wilhelmja on Flickr. Some rights reserved.</b><p>The Chicago Tribune has launched a new site, powered by CrowdyNews, to crowdsource and …

Social Publishing Platform Percolate Adds New Tools For Managing User Generated Content

Percolate helps companies publish engaging content to social networks — or at least, that’s the goal. What it hasn’t done until now is help those companies take advantage of the additional content that fans, consumers and everyone else are also posting.<p>The idea of allowing brands to harness …

New tool empowers a citizen journalism community in Mozambique

The editorial team at Mozambique's @Verdade newspaper is gearing up to report on the country's municipal elections in November, and national …

How to boost citizen reporting

Citizen reports can bring context, nuance and a broader range of voices to the news. But outside major emergencies, many news outlets still haven’t …

36 stories that prove citizen journalism matters

The Internet can get pretty overwhelming sometimes. If you're like me, there are days when it feels like you can't stay on top of the endless stream of media. It seems impossible to discover the best content in all that noise.<p>But today offers a rare opportunity to slow down. It's a chance to …