Citizen journalism and economic development

Sunday, May 01, 2005

In many communities, economic developers are hurt by a negative or antagonistic newspaper. These days are about to change.

Across the country, citizen journalists are launching new online publications that provide an alternative voice. Last week, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland announced 10 initiatives that will be funded by the Knight Foundation. Read more.

In Northeast Ohio, for example, a group of citizen journalists has launched Real NEO. This site is designed to engage citizens in the ordinary business of economic development. Visit the Real NEO site.

Another good example in Northeast Ohio is CoolCleveland. With over 30,000 subscribers, it is the largest on-line community in the region. Visit CoolCleveland.

In addition, we have active bloggers who regularly comment on economic development activities. See Brewed Fresh Daily, Callahan's Cleveland Diary, Small Business Trends, Economic Development Futures. and Manufacturing Journal.

This list is only a handful of the blogs in Northeast Ohio. George Nemeth of Brewed Fresh Daily is our Chief Blog Coach and he lists over 210 blogs in our region.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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