Friday, October 07, 2005


Traditional media experiment with citizens as news producers MSNBC
invited viewers to share photos of their interactions with the late
Pope John Paul II, while The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.,
anointed eight readers with the power to publicly criticize the
newspaper's coverage on its very Web site. Newspapers in Greensboro,
N.C., and Boulder, Colo., are even letting citizens write their own
news stories -- on weddings, awards, even a missing cat named Banjo.
Most go on the Web, but the best of the "hyper-local" news stories get
printed. Traditional news organizations are dipping their toes in
citizen journalism, engaging readers and viewers in news production
with the help of the Internet, camera phones and other technologies.
Yet there's frustrations in some circles that so-called mainstream
media aren't going far and fast enough. Source: Anick Jesdanun, The
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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