Friday, June 17, 2005

The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism

Poynteronline features an interesting article titled "The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism".
The article suggests 11 different ways to implement Citizen Journalism in traditional news outlets.

The layers are:
  • Opening up to public comment
  • The citizen add-on reporter
  • Open-source reporting
  • The citizen bloghouse
  • Newsroom citizen 'transparency' blogs
  • The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Edited version
  • The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Unedited version
  • Add a print edition
  • The hybrid: Pro + citizen journalism
  • Integrating citizen and pro journalism under one roof
  • Wiki journalism: Where the readers are editors
It also discusses the very successful OhmyNews concept from Korea: a news site that has reqruited some 38,000 citizen reporters to write the news along with the pro journalists. Seems like this concept might be the future of journalism, as it's profitable and challenges the traditional media with a distributed model.

In Finland the number of sites which employ citizen journalism is almost zero. I can only think of Vaasalaisia which just started and is obviously small. These citizen journalism concepts have potential, yet even the term blog is unfamiliar to many in our country. There is a lot of discussion about how citizens could take part in city planning, though...

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