Craig Newmark: Studying citizen journalism

AP wrote a story in which Craigslist’s Craig Newmark tells the reporter that he’s now interested in citizen journalism (good!).
Says Craig: “People are looking for attitude and guts in reporting – not full-on gonzo journalism, but hey, tell us what you think. Maybe Hunter Thompson had it right.”
The story says Craig’s kitchen cabinet is Jeff Jarvis and Dan Gillmor, two guys with their own long list of citizen journalism deliverables– Jarvis is preparing ad-driven local blog sites for his Newhouse newspaper employers and Dan’s got seed money from some mission driven investors to spend on delivering a state of the art platform and product–and both need to show results.
Craig’s huge audience base and spectacular revenues–not to mention his genuine and altruistic interest in empowering community– make him a great student for these two A-listers–and it will be interesting to see what kind of efforts his influence and dollars support.
Update: Craig, for the record.

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  1. Craig Newmark says:

    I do keep reminding people that existing newsrooms do a great job and need to be preserved and expanded… and that my role might just be to encourage the real experts to do the job.

  2. susan mernit says:

    thanks, craig…

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