This week ProPublica announced the start of a citizen journalism project, the ProPublica Reporting Network. This citizen journalism network will not be open-ended---it will have both an editor and a specific project. The first effort is to monitor stimulus projects. People can sign on and select a local stimulus project to report on, tracking it for abuse. Former OffTheBus Director Amanda Michel will act as editor. You can read about ProPublica and founder Paul Steiger on his media giraffe profile.
This current.org article talks about the St. Louis Beacon (started by reporters laid off by the Post-Dispatch) and the newly minted SeattleBulldog.org, a recently founded (though not yet live) local online site started by employees of Seattle's now defunct Post-Intelligencer. What they have in common--
We've added two new profiles to our database: Tracy Record from West Seattle Blog and Bob Gough from QuincyNews.org. These are both pioneers in the local online news field. Much of the information in these profiles was excerpted from Jane Steven's ReJurno (she and MGP's Bill Densmore are both fellows at the Reynolds Journalism Institute this year). Researching the Record profile, I found this YouTube video clip from Flip the Media--it's a fun and quirky behind-the-scenes look at the West Seattle Blog family and their house.
Media Giraffe has added another video to the archives. Here, Vint Cerf, Vice President and Internet Evangelist for Google, talks about the infrastructure of the Internet and his role in helping develop that structure. Cerf also talks about the egalitarian nature of the Internet and its function in a democracy.
The Media Giraffe Project’s Bill Densmore conducted the interview in August 2005. Below is a condensed, 9 minute version. A full length version will be added to the site soon. In the meanwhile, view it here.