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Hypergene MediaBlog » Where should citizen journalists submit a Hurricane Katrina story?

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Wednesday, 07 Sep 2005

Where should citizen journalists submit a Hurricane Katrina story?

If you were a citizen with a first-person experience (text, photos, video) to share about Hurricane Katrina, where would you publish your story? What criteria would you use to make that choice? How would you even begin to understand the choices? It’s overwhelming.

National and international mainstream media web sitesCNN, MSNBC, Washinton Post, New York Times, BBC, AOL, and others — are accepting “citizen journalism” submissions.
Local mainstream media web sites, such as Times-Picayune and WDSU-TV, also are accepting “citizen journalism” or “viewer” submissions.
Collaborative citizen media sites and content-sharing tools — from OurMedia and Flickr to WikiNews (and Wikipedia and NowPublic — also would appreciate submissions related to Katrina. But they do not solicit participation because it’s implicit in the experience.
The DIY solution: A citizen journalist can always set their own blog (text, audio, video, mobile), podcast, forum, wiki, etc. and publish it themself. Of course, there are a wealth of DIY citizen media tools. That choice alone is a bit overwhelming. (See some examples of Katrina weblog coverage Technorati and on The Truth Laid Bear.)

So how does a citizen journalist decide which publishing/distribution option is the best for them?

Posted on Sep 07, 2005 | 10:20 am EST
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