The citpaper

Just saw that the Chicago Tribune is following Bakersfield’s Northwest Voice and taking citizen content contributed online and then freeze-drying it into a print publication it is distributing in a handful of suburbs.

I’m jealous. I always wanted to do something like this when I was involved with local papers.

I think there are also more ways to push the model, some I hope we can discuss at the networked jouralism conference we’re having at CUNY on Oct. 10. For example:

You don’t need to have everything come to you at the site, Backfence-like. You can go to the local bloggers and get news from their blogs. You can encourage them to do more and get more bloggers to blog. You can pay them to encourage them to contribute what you need (it’ll be cheaper than paying staff and they won’t complain as much). The bloggers can perhaps take charge of organizing the news in the community and you help them. You make the product the center of a hyperlocal ad netework, which any of the participants can sell into.

The start of something small. And that could be big.

  • http://deleted Tansley – addendum

    Don’t fret, Jeff. You’d’ve been happier at the Sun-Times when Royko was there, anyway…

  • Josh

    A fine idea, but the TribLocal site is not getting a ton of user generated content. I just checked one of their sites (for Geneva, IL) and 8 out of the top 10 stories are by Trib staff reporters. The others seemed to be PSAs for local fundraisers. Many of these hyperlocal sites have yet to move beyond functioning as a group calendar or bulletin board.

  • Cathy

    Where can we get more info on the 10/10 conference?

  • Martin

    There’s some of that going on here in the UK as well. The Evening Gazette is “reverse publishing” its hyperlocal sites.

  • Amyloo

    I’m interested in this too. Some of the burbs are not too far from me. I’ll pick one up on Thursday. I love tabs when they’re not slimy.

  • James

    It seems to me getting the Citizens to provide their content/news/stuff is the single hardest part of all of this.

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  • Alex Parker

    Check out what the Lawrence Journal-World is doing with CitJ. Interesting stuff.