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A presentation on the history of Northfield Citizens Online and its website, northfield.org

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    • Citizen/Community Journalism Griff Wigley Wigley and Associates WigleyAndAssociates.com LeadershipBlogging.com
    • Northfield Citizens Online Northfield.org
      • Pop: 17,000
      • Carleton, St. Olaf Colleges
      • Defeat of Jesse James Days
      • “ Cows, Colleges, Contentment”
    • Northfield.org timeline
      • Living room salon – 1991
      • FreeNet BBS - 1993
      • Nonprofit 501c3 - 1995
      • Web Café Message Board, Community forums: radio, print, F2F, online - 1996
      • Weblog format – 2002
      • Photo gallery - 2003
      • Civic blogosphere project – 2004
      • Citizen podcast – 2005
      • Memberships, sponsorships, managing editor - 2006
    • March, 1991 issue of Utne Reader
    • Dec ‘91 topic: How can the internet be used to strengthen a geographic community rather than undermining it?
    • Why an independent non-profit?
      • Mission: “An electronic commons that strengthens the fabric of community”
      • Considered being part of the city (library), the school district (community ed), LWV, hospital
      • We chose independence to better serve our mission, which might not always align with the missions of existing organizations or institutions (similar to a newspaper)
      • Fundraising
    • Northfield.org Web Café & ISSUES List
      • 1995-2002: Web Café Message board (moderated)
      • 2002-2006: ISSUES email discussion list (moderated)
      • Winter 2006: both
    • Northfield.org Community Forums
      • One issue for two weeks
      • Newspaper
      • Radio
      • Face-to-face
      • Online (with guest panelists & a moderator)
    • Northfield.org Community Photos 2003-present (6,000 photos)
    • Historical Society Auction photos 2003-06
    • 200 citizen-submitted photos, 6 videos Aug ‘06 hailstorm
    • Northfield Civic Leader Bloggers 2003
      • Minnesota State Representative Ray Cox
      • Eden Prairie City Manager Scott Neal (formerly Northfield)
      • Northfield Chief of Police Gary Smith
    • Leadership Blogging A blog allows you to leverage your leadership activities & interactions with strategic storytelling
    • UK visit, summer 2004
    • Civic leader bloggers 2005
    • Civic/citizen Journalism
      • "Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.” - AJ Liebling
      • Blogs can be started and maintained at no cost
      • Citizens and civic leaders as amateur journalists; not just consumers of information but producers
    • Lesson of the blogosphere
      • A cluster of knowledgeable, motivated bloggers can sometimes be collectively better informed than
        • the media about a story
        • a company about its products
        • government officials about an issue
        • Gannett’s “crowdsourcing” initiative
    • Range of citizen e-participation
      • Visiting/reading/forwarding (lurking) & then talking about it
      • Straw poll, rate-this-post
      • Submit an event
      • Blog comment
      • Message board/email list comment
      • Submit photo, story, news item
      • Start a blog
      • Start a podcast
    • Straw poll
    • Submit Event
    • Attach a blog comment
    • Forum or email list comments
    • Submit photo, story, news item
    • Start a blog – non profit exec
    • Northfield’s Civic Blogosphere
    • Start a blog – citizen
    • Start a podcast (internet radio show) Locally Grown: a weekly Northfield issues podcast www.locallygrownnorthfield.org
    • RSS
      • RSS: Really Simple Syndication
      • Allows visitors to subscribe w/ newsreader (aggregator)
    • NY Times RSS Feeds
    • Community aggregator via RSS
      • Allows a community site to aggregate all the blogs in the area
    • The principle of RSS as community aggregator
      • Like a good family, it allows autonomy while creating belongingness
      • A community blog/web portal brings needed eyeballs to new bloggers
      • Allows you to ignore the trash, flakes, blowhards
    • Editorial control still important
    • Financial sustainability
      • Public radio model
      • Grants
      • Sponsorships
      • Banner ads
      • Memberships / pledges
    • Traffic signal - citizen blog entry Jan. 05
    • Traffic signal - Issues forum Jan. 05
    • Traffic signal - Mayor’s task force Feb 05
    • Traffic signal - Straw poll Oct. 05
      • Citizen produced using the Issues forum
    • Traffic light - Consultant support Nov. 05
    • Traffic signal - Council action Dec. 05
    • Traffic signal - blogging updates Feb. 06
    • Citizen/Community Journalism Griff Wigley WigleyAndAssociates.com LeadershipBlogging.com Northfield.org LocallyGrownNorthfield.org