Knight Citizen News Network Site Launches

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By: E&P Staff

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism has launched a free online portal, The Knight Citizen News Network, which aims to help journalists and others produce and manage community news sites.

The site, which includes teaching tools and other content contributed by participants, is intended to “help citizens use digital media in ways that enrich community, enhance public discourse and enliven democracy,” said J-Lab director Jan Schaffer in a statement. “Above all, the site seeks to impart an understanding of the qualities that make for responsible and credible community news and information,” she said.

According to a release, the site includes:

— A unique database of U.S. citizen media sites, searchable by keyword, town or state and displayed on a Google map.

— A “Things We Like” feature, starting with more than 20 cool ideas from sites around the country.

— An interactive overview of the “Principles of Citizen Journalism,” with more than 40 audio and video interviews and scores of resources.

— The latest citizen media research.

— Mini case studies on how to train citizen journalists.

— A list of resources to jumpstart reporting.

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