‘Future of Media’ discussion September 24 in Toronto

From digitaljournal.com: Citizen media news outlet DigitalJournal.com is proud to announce it will be hosting a unique panel discussion featuring some of the most influential leaders in Canadian media. Dubbed “The Future of Media,” the live panel discussion will explore how the mainstream media are implementing user-generated content and what challenges news organizations face in […]

Twitter reschedules maintenance to keep Iran news flowing

From Anderson Cooper’s blog at CNN.com. …senior officials say the State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site continues to operate. Bureau’s and offices across the State Department, they say, are paying very close attention to Twitter and other sites to get […]

First report from The Local’s virtual assignment desk

Citizen journalist Elisabeth Donnelly was the first to have her work published as part of a new program on The Local, a community website operated by the New York Times. Responding to an invitation on The Local’s new Virtual Assignment Desk (see earlier blog post), Donnelly covered the 88th Precinct Community and Youth Council meeting […]

Bloggers help Globe & Mail create Toronto hub

One of Canada’s two national newspapers, the Globe and Mail, is going after Toronto readers with help from local blog site Torontoist. In an announcement on the Globe’s website late Friday night, Toronto editor Kelly Grant [pictured with the announcement] said the newspaper had created an online Toronto hub that would include material from Torontoist, […]

Avoiding the “Monet School of Journalism”

OffTheBus was an alternative journalism project designed to cover last year’s US presidential campaign in a way that conventional journalists could not. Based at huffingtonpost.com, OffTheBus recruited 12,000 citizen journalists, guided by a handful of professional editors. Sometimes the amateurs were able to venture into events that were officially closed to the media. And that’s […]

Doing hyperlocal with style

I quite like the look of this hyperlocal site for the Chicago suburb of Oswego. It’s among the first of 30 new citizen journalism sites to be developed by the Sun-Times News Group, under the Neighborhood Circle banner. Yes, it’s colourful, but this isn’t meant to be the Grey Lady, after all. John Cary, senior new […]