InJersey.com and a new model for
citizen journalist engagement
WHO AM I?
• Ted Mann — firstname.lastname@example.org / @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
WHAT IS HYPERLOCAL?
• News or content pertaining to a town or small community.
involves collaboration between veteran journalists and
community members or citizen journalists.
Hyperlocal Not Hyperlocal
LOTS OF DIFFERENT MODELS
• Professional Journalism
• Pro-Am (hybrid)
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE
Some of the solutions ....
• Our simple solution: BuddyPress and Open Registration
OPEN REGISTRATION =
• User proﬁles, ability to author posts, access to all sites
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