Monday, September 28, 2009

Citizen Journalism - Charlottesville and Beyond!

The New York Times recently published an article of interest to new media types and should be of especial interest to readers of this blog.

The Tehran Bureau, an Iranian news website that sprang up in the wake of the Iranian elections, is now working with (and receiving financing from) the PBS series "Frontline." So a website by citizen/journalists is now providing news to a respected old media news organization.

In the course of the article, writer Brian Stelter says:

Tehran Bureau is not the only nontraditional news source to find an old-media partner. Mr. Benton cited PlanPhilly, a Web site about urban development in the city affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, which is collaborating with The Philadelphia Daily News to produce a series about growth; and Charlottesville Tomorrow, a nonprofit Web site about issues in Virginia, which is sharing articles with a local newspaper, The Charlottesville Daily Progress.
That's right: Charlottesville Tomorrow, our own local example of citizen journalism at its best, is cited in the New York Times as an example of successful old/new media collaboration. No surprise here: I've talked about this unique service at length.

But it's nice to know that the New York Times agrees!

- Ralph

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