Learning How to Build a Community News Site
Citizen journalism, a relatively new term associated with online reporting, has caught on quickly worldwide. Also known as "participatory journalism," this form of writing involves citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information." That definition comes from experts Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis.
Interested in pursuing this art form? Check out a "how-to" digital handbook about this type of journalism. It offers basic skills training on how to plan a community news site, build it, use the latest off-the-shelf software to add online features, and then market it and track users. Use this handbook to learn the basics of Web site creation, HTML, page design and use of photos, audio, video, animation, surveys and databases. The site also features tips on advertising, fundraising and ecommerce. It was created for citizens media projects, small-market news organizations and journalism new media programs. Details: