Monday, March 10, 2008

We're Not All 'Citizen Journalists'

Monday, March 10, 2008

With all the trendiness around the term "citizen journalist," Todd Wolfson of the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia makes an important point: Not all the people practicing citizen journalism are citizens. Some are undocumented immigrants, he notes in an article from today's New York Times (

Wolfson prefers the term "community journalism" as the encompassing title for those reporting out in the community. He's helping train a cadre of community journalists as part of the Media Mobilizing Project (, a Knight-funded initiative that is teaching independent media making as part of an organizing effort "to build a broad vibrant network of social movements in Philadelphia."

The Media Mobilizing Project isn't the only initiative trying to train and disseminate news from community members and ethnic media. Check out Twin Cities Daily Planet (, an MTF grantee, which has been training and disseminating content from ethnic and community media in the Twin Cities for several years. The Daily Planet's recently re-designed Web site features some new multimedia options and its network of contributors continues to grow.

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