JD Lasica, one of the finest online journalists in the business, has just published a chuck of New Direction for News series: We Media: How audiences are shaping the future of news and information. This series builds on the thinking in JD’s widely discussed Participatory Journalism a series and explores how participatory journalism and traditional journalism are converging. I’m in the middle of reading Chapter 4, The Rules of Participation, but I jumped ahead to the end and checked out the absolutely through Appendix, which is a great snapshot of blogging and social network resources circa September, 2003. I’m curious to see where Dale and New Directions for News are going to go with from this report, but my sense is this will accredit NDN as a thinktank for a broader audience than in the past. Meanwhile, the recently announced affiliation/merger with the Media Center of the American Press Institute strengthens their position in the online newspaper world from whence they came.
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