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The Pittsburgh Citizen: An Introduction


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Presentation that I gave at The Alliance for Community Conference on July 8, 2010, which introduces The Public Square Project's citizen journalism platform, The Pittsburgh Citizen.

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The Pittsburgh Citizen: An Introduction

  1. 1. An Introduction<br />
  2. 2. Hyperlocal news platform specifically designed for citizen journalists.<br />Alpha version of site launched in Fall 2009. Beta version to launch in Summer 2010.<br />Published by The Public Square Project.<br />Funded in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.<br />What Is The Pittsburgh Citizen?<br />
  3. 3. “When the people formerly known as the audienceemploy the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another, that’s citizen journalism.”<br /> --Jay Rosen<br />Our (Adopted) Definition of Citizen Journalism<br />
  4. 4. Journalism is essential to democracy.<br />Traditional reporting models are endangered.<br />See: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Rocky Mountain News, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe <br />Experimentation with new journalism models is necessary to build the capacity of traditional media sources to cover the news.<br />Too much data to digest without resorting to forms of crowdsourced reporting.<br />Citizen Journalism Matters Because: <br />
  5. 5. Original reporting by citizen journalists working with The Pittsburgh Citizen (e.g., G-20 Summit project)<br />Content produced by partner organizations and individuals (other non-profits, blogs, tweets, etc.)<br />Aggregated content focused on specific issues (e.g., our Marcellus Shale Issue Spotlight)<br />Content Published on The Citizen<br />
  6. 6. Editorial Support - You will work side-by-side with a trained journalist who will assist you in reporting and writing your story. You'll even be able to collaborate with your editor online through our Virtual Reporter’s Notebook™.<br />Access to Sources - Need a particular government document or access to a source for an interview? The Pittsburgh Citizen team will help you track down that source.<br />Publication - We will publish your work, including all associated audio, video, documents, and photographs, and promote your story so that it reaches a wide audience. <br />How Do We Support Citizen Journalists?<br />
  7. 7. Step #1: Visit The Citizen and Click “Join Us”<br />
  8. 8. Step #2: Tell Us What You Want to Cover<br />
  9. 9. Step #3: Create a Profile and We’ll Assign an Editor<br />
  10. 10. Step #4: Use Our Virtual Reporter’s NotebookTM to Write Your Story and Communicate with Your Editor<br />
  11. 11. Step #5: Publish Your Story to The Citizen and We’ll Promote It <br />
  12. 12. Contribute a story idea to our Story Bank.<br />Subscribe to our RSS Feed.<br />Follow us on Twitter: @pghcitizen<br />Become a fan of The Public Square Project on Facebook.<br />E-mail suggestions to<br />Join The Public Square Project’s Mailing List at<br />Other Ways to Get Involved<br />
  13. 13. Ryan Hopkins<br />President & Founder<br />The Public Square Project<br /><br /><br /><br />Thank You!<br />