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How InJersey.com is using WordPress MU and BuddPress to create a new model for citizen journalist engagement in New Jersey. Presented at WordCamp NYC on Nov. 14, 2009.

How InJersey.com is using WordPress MU and BuddPress to create a new model for citizen journalist engagement in New Jersey. Presented at WordCamp NYC on Nov. 14, 2009.

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  • 1. HYPERLOCAL JOURNALISM, MEET BUDDYPRESS InJersey.com and a new model for citizen journalist engagement
  • 2. WHO AM I? • Ted Mann — ted@injersey.com / @turkeymonkey • Digital Development Director for Gannett NJ • Administer164 WordPress MU staff blogs across five Gannett NJ websites: app.com, courierpostonline.com, dailyrecord.com, mycentraljersey.com, and thedailyjournal.com
  • 3. WHAT IS HYPERLOCAL? • News or content pertaining to a town or small community. • Often involves collaboration between veteran journalists and community members or citizen journalists. Hyperlocal Not Hyperlocal
  • 4. LOTS OF DIFFERENT MODELS • Citizen-run • Professional Journalism • Pro-Am (hybrid) • Aggregator
  • 5. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE User-Generated Content Some of the solutions ....
  • 6. INJERSEY.COM • Our simple solution: BuddyPress and Open Registration
  • 7. OPEN REGISTRATION = OPEN ACCESS • User profiles, ability to author posts, access to all sites
  • 8. COACHING CITIZEN JOURNOS WITH BP • Using PM’s to issue assignment requests and ideas • Messaging to send feedback and revision requests • Member profiles to ensure some degree of accountability
  • 9. DEMO http://injersey.com/about/
  • 10. 10 PLUGINS THAT MAKE BUDDYPRESS BETTER FOR HYPERLOCAL 1. Post Google Map 2. Adminimize 3. FeedWordPress 4. BP Blog Author Profile Link 5. Welcome Pack 6. WP Wall
  • 11. 10 PLUGINS THAT MAKE BUDDYPRESS BETTER FOR HYPERLOCAL 7. Event Calendar 8. TweetMeme 9. Cosmic BP User Signup Password 10. BP-Registration-Options
  • 12. OTHER COOL HYPERLOCAL TOOLS • SeeClickFix • Outside.In • FlyerBoard
  • 13. CONTACT INFO InJersey.com Ted Mann: ted@injersey.com / @turkeymonkey Personal Blog: turkeymonkey.com