The rise of the citizen media editor

Mark Glaser interviews several people who might someday have the title “Citizen Media Editor,” an official position in the newsroom responsible for the news outlet’s participatory journalism efforts. Writing in Online Journalism Review, Glaser notes…’s not surprising that the more industrious news sites have started to ask their readers to take on citizen media projects, submit photos, start a blog or give live online feedback that runs beneath each staff-written story.

Managing these efforts is the emerging role of the citizen media editor, Glaser suggests.

Part chat moderator, part copy editor and part ombudsman, the citizen…

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Future impact of blogs on media

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released March 11 revealed, not surprisingly, that traditional news outlets remain the dominant source of information for Americans. According to an article on, traditional news outlets shouldn’t get too comfortable. The piece cites for reasons things will change, including…

  • Demographics, which suggest younger people read blogs while older people read newspapers. It’s not hard to see where this trend is headed.
  • The changing newsroom, where “citizen media editors” are emerging.
  • The diminishing need for PR people to rely on the media as a conduit to their audiences.
  • The growth of blogs as the… Read More »

Fastlane followup: Did he or didn’t he?

Debbie Weil thinks General Motors Vice Chair Bob Lutz “is veering pretty darn close” to discussing the GM earnings drop in his latest post to the Fastlane blog. The post, titled “Zeta Not the End of RWD Performance,” acknowledges a “reshuffling” of the GM product line. Lutz writes, “Yes, we have canceled our plans to build rear-wheel-drive vehicles off the Zeta architecture. But that does not mean we’ve canceled plans to build rear-drive vehicles altogether.” Further, he says the decision had nothing to do with cost reduction, but was instead a resource allocation designed “to pull some other programs ahead and get other vehicles to… Read More »

Two words for whiners: “Common Usage”

Over the last two days, I’ve read probably a dozen posts on various blogs that complain about the words “blog” and “blogosphere.” Most of these turn their noses up, offering such disclaimers as “I refuse to use that stupid word ‘blogosphere.’”

Oh, please. Give it up. Blog, blogosphere, podcasting…they’ve all reached the plateau of common usage. This is what these things are called and all the whining and bitching in the world won’t change it. There are plenty of words commonly used to describe or define things that are stupid when you think about them. (I particularly dislike the use of the word “page” to describe what you see on the… Read More »

Activist aggregator: low-cost, fast, and effective

There’s no way in hell I’ll use this blog to express my personal views on the Terri Schiavo case. This blog is about PR and communications. Which is why I’m taking a deep breath and pointing you to a “Save Schiavo” Web hub.

The site, from, simply lists bloggers who are writing in support of saving the Florida woman at the center of legal and political wrangling over her life. According to Jan Frel...

It’s also very low-tech, low-cost, seemingly automated, and it gives offering to a gigantic nexus of like-minded bloggers. What’s missing from it of course is the actionability… there’s no shared discussion about what steps…

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Dramatic increases of RSS expected

Okay, so readers of Slashdot aren’t necessarily representative of the average Net user. These are the technologically advanced, the earliest of the early adopters, people who eat and sleep technology. Still, if this group sees dramatic growth of a technology just over the horizon, it’s a safe bet that there’s only a short step to the adoption of that technology by others.

A survey of people who subscribe to the Slashdot RSS feed, covered in a press release, suggests that RSS is poised to explode. Seventy-three percent of the survey respondents said they would increase their use of RSS in the next year. That increase is a result of the… Read More »

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