Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Making Money from Citizen Journalism

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The proliferation of citizen journalism projects, which range from individual bloggers to aggregated hyperlocal Web sites, has resulted in a rich journalistic dialogue and new voices entering the "media" fray. Unfortunately, those voices still need to pay the mortgage, and right now, no one has nailed a replicable profit model to support citizen journalism.

Enter the Center for Citizen Media, led by guru Dan Gillmor, which is starting a project to glean the best practices and different revenue sources for citizen journalism. Emerson College new media graduate student Ryan McGrady will be heading up the project, called Making a Business of Citizen Media.

You can read the intro and check out the outline for what's coming here: So far, it looks like they'll be exploring affiliate, pay-to-blog, membership, donation and advertising programs, among others. Naturally, the Center encourages citizen participation in the project and hopes to get feedback via posted comments, emails, etc.

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