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A View into the Future

SF Chronicle: Tonight at 11, news by neighbors / Santa Rosa TV station fires news staff, to ask local folks to provide programming.

Spendlove is loath to dub what’s coming next to Channel 50 as “citizen journalism,” the industry buzz term that is journalism’s equivalent of user-generated content online. Broadly defined, citizen journalism means tapping into the wisdom and creativity of the audience and enabling nonprofessionals to become part of the news-gathering process. Media analysts believe there may be 700 citizen journalism outfits reporting on geographic nooks of the country and countless other bloggers doing various versions of the local news.

No, in this case it sounds more like a way to save money, and not much more.

It’ll still be intriguing to see what happens.

1 Comment on “A View into the Future”

  1. #1 Seth Finkelstein
    on Feb 11th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    “I have my own silly little term,” Spendlove said. “Local content harvesting.”


    Good thing I wasn’t having anything to drink when I read that, my keyboard was saved from being drenched.