Citizen Journalism gains status at the Washington Times, meanwhile more big cuts at the big publishers

The Washington Times promotes the  return of citizen journalism. 


Now this is what is called freedom of speech. Is this freedom the result of reality shows and especially America Idol? After all, rank amateurs turn out to be very good singers. 

At the same time, the cuts and shutdowns continue.

The Chicago Tribune plans to cut another 20% of its newsroom staff in yet another bid to reduce expenses amid continuing advertising declines.

Staffers were told of the impending layoffs last week, according to three people who attended a meeting on the topic. The cuts will take place over the next several weeks, the sources said.

The expected cuts are the latest attempt to reduce expenses at the paper, whose parent Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors in December.

The Washington Times’ news gathering is about to become a whole lot bigger as the newspaper launches one full print page per day of news stories reported and written by average citizens in local communities. The citizen journalism project, set to debut Monday,(today) is a new take on a traditional idea.

Community-driven news has been a long mainstay in American newspapers. The Times’ version ramps up the intensity and the outreach, focusing on six communities within the larger Washington area: academia on Monday, the Maryland and Virginia suburbs on Tuesday, the District on Wednesday, local military bases on Thursday, faith communities on Friday and the charitable and the public service community on Sunday. The citizen journalists’ work will be showcased in the A-section as an additional page of Metro coverage and will provide a natural complement to the work of the newspaper’s reporters and editors. “We know there are many issues and communities we have not been able to fully cover within the confines of a newsroom budget, and we are excited to empower citizens within those communities to provide us news that will interest all our readers, ” Executive Editor John Solomon said. “While we are expanding our reach through this project, we will not be diminishing our editorial quality. Citizen stories must meet the same rigorous standards for accuracy, precision, fairness, balance and ethics as those written by our newsroom staff,” Mr. Solomon said. Each citizen journalist is provided a set of rules for their reporting and newswriting, as well as copies of The Times’ policies governing ethics, anonymous sources and other journalistic standards. While the project calls for some first-rate news wranglers, The Times also is tapping into some of its own editorial talent known for its savvy – and heart. Former Editorial Page Editor Deborah Simmons, a veteran newswoman with close ties to the local community, is supervising the coverage for the District, the suburbs, academia, faith and the charitable communities. Longtime Times columnist Adrienne Washington, a staple on local TV and radio, also will be a part of the outreach and the editing. “Deb and Adrienne are pillars within the Washington community and their journalistic prowess, community ties and passion for news are perfectly suited for this project,” Mr. Solomon said. “This is a groundbreaking project, and I’m excited to be on the launching pad. Readers know our bylines. Now we’re flipping the script.” Grace Vuoto, editor of The Times’ new Web property, will edit the Thursday citizen journalism page on military base news. “Grace is leading the way in providing citizen reports from every military base in the world through, and the Thursday page is an ideal extension,” Mr. Solomon said. The idea of community journalism in a print format is actually a new take on an old tradition, said Al Tomkins, a media analyst with the Poynter Institute. “Rural and county newspapers, community weeklies – they always had space devoted to the community news, written by someone local. That kind of coverage was and still is incredibly popular,” Mr. Tomkins said. “It takes its inspiration from a simpler time. But it remains an effective way to give a voice to the voiceless.” The new citizen journalism page is one of several changes launched in the past few weeks in The Times’ print edition. By Jennifer Harper | Monday, April 13, 2009

Will the rabble be able to follow the AP stylebook? (I know that is going through many of the “professionals’ minds.”

26 thoughts on “Citizen Journalism gains status at the Washington Times, meanwhile more big cuts at the big publishers

  1. No more massive dumping of circulation at Marriott hotels.

    Marriott’s move will hurt some newspapers , but the company expects it will be good for the environment — something that many corporations are touting to gain a competitive edge and show their commitment to a “greener” world.

    “We were seeing a lot of unused papers and thought of the waste,” Marriott spokeswoman Stephanie Hampton said. “We also saw a shift in customer demand and expectations — 25 percent of them didn’t read the hard copy any more, according to our preliminary studies.”

    Based on preliminary data, the company projects that it will avoid 10,350 tons of carbon emissions.

  2. Mick:
    This is an excellent article – one of many. I confess I have been away too long, not stopping by enough – not since the election, when you and my nemesis, Ken Renner, guest writer from the political left bantered about John McCain, with some of my comments in between.
    I like your “Citizen Journalism Today” page, and, of course, your theme and blog set up.
    Your insight and experience, as well as personal interest in journalism and the media is shown well here and a major contribution to Citizen Journalism.
    You and this blog are examples of how Citizen Journalism works, once just a small beginning with the help of the advent of blogging, and now a reputable source for varied subject material.
    I commend you and what you do here, an important link at LPJ, and I am glad that a while back we happened to meet in cyberspace. The people we meet in life, directly or indirectly, like a ship passing in the night, always have some impact on our life experiences and learning.
    Keep up the good work. You are an asset to the world of Citizen Journalism.
    Best Regards …

  3. Pingback: From My Desk - Citizen Journalism and Tax Day - April 15th 2009 « Lighthouse Patriot Journal

  4. I’ve been browsing online more than three hours
    today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.

    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as
    you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  5. There are some iPad applications that make you wonder
    why somebody would go via all the trouble of creating the code for the app,
    as well as why it would be available for obtain.
    But, as we have noticed time and time again, a idiot and his cash
    are soon parted.

    There is a great deal of talk these times about downloads and everybody is looking to benefit from them, from iPod proprietors to Computer owners.
    But there is a issue right here, that a lot of these sites are illegal.
    You can download for totally free, but usually it’s towards the legislation, and
    this is something you ought to know.

    This Greatest Manual to Iphone jailbreak consists of helpful info
    for jailbreaking your Iphone, no make a difference what edition.

    I have included text resources with directions on jailbreaking using the very best jailbreak software, plus some videos on how to Jailbreak Iphone.

    The surprise wasn’t the iPad mini, which was nicely-recognized, but that Apple wasn’t announcing
    a tweaked iPad three, but instead a fourth-generation iPad.
    That’s correct, Apple has turned the iPad refresh cycle upside-down, by shifting it from March / April to October.

    The updates consist of a twin or quad-core i5 or i7, Intel High definition Graphics 4000, up to 16GB of RAM, up to
    1TB High definition or 256GB of flash. Begins at 2.5GHz dual-core i5, 4GB,
    500GB HDD, $599. Server config is two.3GHz quad-core i7, 4GB of RAM, Two 1TB High definition OS X server,

    This is my favorite sport for the iPhone as it is very addicting and
    simple to play. This monopoly sport can be played towards up to 4 opponents both human and AI; or even play
    more than the internet against somebody close by.
    This game is complete 3D and provides 3 different ability ranges
    to problem all kinds of players.

    But no matter what site you use, it is much much better
    if you are going to appear for these that truly have a extremely comprehensive
    library. You should make certain that it can provide
    you with 1000’s of titles from numerous outfits.
    It is also a lot much better if it can feature various languages and genres such as drama, comedy,
    motion, musical, and a entire great deal much more.

    The Apple iphone and Incite are both Wi-Fi and Blue
    Tooth compatible. Because both telephones are on AT&T’s
    blazing quick 3G community, the telephones carry out at
    about the same pace for web and voice functions. Both ideas
    price about the exact same, except for the GPS
    navigation provided by the Incite, which will price you a small much more.
    For price, LG wins at $200 much less! This is an extraordinary savings given how nicely
    the Incite’s attributes compete with Apple iphone. Think about that a
    32GB microSD will operate you about $125 and a 16GB
    will cost you about $45. If you are evaluating with the 8GB
    Apple iphone, you will save $100, but will have to include back in the $40 price of an 8GB microSD; still a substantial savings.

    If you are utilizing the Apple Apple iphone 4., you might encounter some compatibility problems.
    In that situation you can both try reinstalling them or choose for some WinterBoard theme developed for Iphone four.
    – this kind of as the Classica Apple iphone 4 Winterboard Concept or the Suave Hd
    Concept. Whilst the choices are restricted, builders are trying
    their best to make more themes suitable to Apple iphone 4., and consequently it wouldn’t be surprising to arrive throughout a prolonged checklist of the same someday in close to long term.

  6. Simply want to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clearness on your post is simply excellent and that i
    could assume you’re a professional on this subject. Well along
    with your permission allow me to grab your feed to stay up
    to date with approaching post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  7. Hi! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where
    I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having
    difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

  8. First off I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do
    not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself
    and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.
    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend
    to be wasted simply just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any recommendations or tips? Kudos!

  9. Then inform them that for the rest of the baby shower they’re not allowed to state ‘baby’.
    A cashmere pullover named a “kurta” is made by French designer-label Ketiketa.
    Clipo toys are little bristle toys that could keep together.

  10. And they are able to usually read what the other people feel from your responses and
    feedback left at the websites. There’s no “right” or “wrong” choice
    to produce when-you’re configuring ACLs in the real world.

  11. There’s a great deal of such characteristics in
    iOS 5 and AssistiveTouch is simply one. Beyond that, all the other goodies are
    linked to video display and camera solution.

  12. I’m-not the initial, but it sure did work instantly and properly.
    This element really is among the several enjoyed by many about this particular OS.

  13. Christmas seems to have more expensive every
    year. Everyone will require an ingredient on their backpack for the picnic
    place. Pistachios are grown on trees and have obviously tan covers.

  14. Whether it is from Microsoft, Bungie, or even the press, Halo is always in
    the spotlight. The Liberty Area presented in GTAIV was immersive nevertheless it wasn’t real.
    You were supposed to wait for a combat to happen?

  15. Another thing you need to do is register with Apple being a builder.

    But you will find other producers who is able to contend with the iPhone 5 in operation, design and
    processing power.

  16. But allow me tell you, jailbreaking is a big offer.
    You can adhere to some simple instruction to unlock iphone []
    3G. AppBackup is a marvelous utility that lets you fully backup the memory
    of your IPod Contact.

  17. I rarely drop remarks, but i did some searching and wound up here Citizen Journalism gains status at the Washington Times, meanwhile more big cuts at the big
    publishers | The end of elite liberal media empires and rise of citizen journalism.

    And I actually do have some questions for
    you if you don’t mind. Could it be just me
    or does it look like some of the remarks come across as if they are left by brain dead visitors?

    😛 And, if you are posting at other places, I’d
    like to keep up with everything fresh you have to post.
    Could you list of the complete urls of all your shared sites like your linkedin profile,
    Facebook page or twitter feed?

  18. Wonderful goods from you, man. I have remember your stuff prior to and you are simply too
    excellent. I actually like what you’ve bought here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which in which you are saying it.
    You are making it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it
    smart. I can’t wait to learn much more from you. That is
    really a great web site.

  19. Remarkable ideas. Study has demonstrated that it is
    powerful toward appetite suppression excess fat getting rid of and increased electricity metabolism.
    Forskolin is certainly loaded with essential vitamins, fibers, minerals and
    many other healthy nutrition the body requires. Finally the question will be what accurately are usually the advantages to choosing and using Garcinina?

    Let’s get a closer glimpse at Forskolin success stories

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s