Community Journalism at The Argus

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The development of the community pages of The Argus in Brighton, an online space where people can upload their own stories.

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Community Journalism at The Argus

  1. 1. Community journalism at The Argus<br />www.theargus.co.uk/communitypages<br />www.theargus.co.uk/blogs<br />
  2. 2. How it started<br />Community correspondents in paper until 2006<br />In 2007, Argus gives space for independent contributors to write community news and blogs<br />Different way of being a forum for debate and exchange of information<br />
  3. 3. Who are our community correspondents?<br />People with involvement in community groups (chairs of LATs, ex-councillors)<br />People already publishing elsewhere<br />Aspiring reporters, most notably students at Journalist Works<br />From later this month, PCSOs<br />
  4. 4. Who are our bloggers?<br />Different group from community correspondents<br />Media professionals looking for different creative outlet<br />Aspiring writers (rather than reporters)<br />Experts <br />
  5. 5. What we get out of it<br />Not a replacement for professional reporters<br />If not with us, then somewhere else<br />Solving the pothole paradox<br />Staying relevant<br />
  6. 6. What they get out of it<br />A ready-made audience (to a point)<br />Technical support and legal advice<br />Support, feedback and encouragement<br />Esteem - The Argus brand still strong<br />
  7. 7. Lessons learnt<br />Feedback is crucial<br />Turnover will always be high<br />Don’t be afraid to turn people down<br />Think small – but the more the merrier<br />
  8. 8. The future<br />Brighton Community Reporters (SCIP)<br />Wired Sussex intern to develop other aspects of site (forum, information and aggregation)<br />High drop-off rate = constant recruitment<br />

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