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Citizen Media

Citizen Media

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Published by amalkam
Citizen Media:
Fad or the Future of News?
The rise and prospects of
hyperlocal journalism
By Jan Schaffer
J-Lab Executive Director
Citizen Media:
Fad or the Future of News?
The rise and prospects of
hyperlocal journalism
By Jan Schaffer
J-Lab Executive Director

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The rise and prospects ofhyperlocal journalismByJan Schaffer
 J-Lab Executive Director 
CitizenMedia:
Fad or the Future of News?
 
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Citizen Media
Introduction
J-Lab
has been fundingcitizen media start-ups withmicro-grants for two yearsnow. We’ve seen howquickly committed founderscan build momentum andgain traction in their com-munities. The findings inthis report were less of a surprise and more ofan affirmation of what we had started to see.We agree with 98% of the respondents inour web survey who said that the emergence oflocal news web sites with content built fromcommunity members is “a good thing”—although it may not all be “journalism,” thekinds of finished stories you see in a newspa-per. Because of that, we prefer the term “citi-zen media,” although we use that term inter-changeably with “citizen journalism” in thisreport. Over 79% of the respondents to ourweb survey considered the information on theirsites to be “journalism.”This report focuses specifically on micro-local community news sites that contain con-tent generated by users. When we started thisresearch in the spring of 2006, we were able toidentify about 500 citizen media sites. As weissue this report, we have been able to identifyseveral hundred more and will soon cataloguethem on a new web site, the Knight CitizenNews Network (www.kcnn.org
 
), supported bythe Knight Foundation.More impressive than the numbers,though, is the impact these sites are having ontheir communities. With limited readership andvery little revenue, 73% of those who respondedpronounced their sites to be a “success.’’ Why?Because they have watchdogged local govern-ment, provided news that couldn’t otherwisebe had, nudged local media to improve,helped their community solve problems, even,to a degree, increased voter turnout and thenumber of candidates running for office.This study takes an early snapshot of a veryrobust development. We interviewed 31 siteoperators in-depth, and we fielded a 60-ques-tion online survey. Not all 191 respondentscould, or did, answer every question, but they

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