Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hyperlocal site seeks to explore south LA's "wealth of characters, stories and lessons"

Bill Celis of the University of Southern California introduces Intersections, a J-Lab-funded community Web site which would highlight "untold stories" from blue collar neighborhoods in south Los Angeles.

In Mr. Celis' words the site would, rather ambitiously, let "South LA residents . . . consume all the news about their communities – good and bad – on a computer, on radio, or via cell phone."
[R]esidents themselves will have a great voice in determining our news coverage through their contributions and feedback. . . .

Our citizen journalists include teachers, students, South LA residents, all writing about the rhythm of urban life in its various incarnations. They also include high school bloggers who also produce slide shows as part of Intersection's high school mentoring program spearheaded by USC Annenberg second-year graduate journalism student Emily Henry. One 12th grade student group at Crenshaw High School, just south of the USC's main campus, explored the impact of the plummeting economy by interviewing day laborers. Others reported on teenage pregnancy by visiting with Crenshaw's teen mothers. Racial profiling was scrutinized by yet another Crenshaw group, with students interviewing security guards and people who believe they had been racially profiled by the police.
More introduction here.

Also see: SPJ partners with Helium to champion citizen journalism
Also see: Mainstream media sites increasingly welcome citizen participation
And: Veteran editor champions hyperlocal Web journalism
Community blogs, "a new breed of watchdog"

And: Citizen journalism will complement "public media 2.0," says white paper
Finally: A sustainable model emerges: Use collective intelligence but fact-check with journalists

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