Online News Association Panel on Citizen Media

Last week, at th' Sheraton Centre in Toronto, I spoke fer a few minutes on at th' Online News Association's pre-conference workshop on citizen media. With Lisa Williams, proprietor o', a community site fer residents o' Watertown, Massachusetts, we were scheduled t' talk about what's missin' from local news coverage, but both chose t' talk about th' lessons we learned as outsiders in developin' sites designed t' get scallywags talkin' about their respective cities in conversational ways that big press outlets can't seem t' be able t'. I will discuss, in future posts, th' lessons I talked about fer Urban Vancouver, a community site run by meself an' three others (Roland Tanglao, Kris Krug, an' Boris Mann, whose name came up later in th' workshop); th' lessons th' workshop had fer citizen/participatory journalism in general, if such a thin' exists; an' finally what I learned about me presentin'.

Before I do tackle Urban Vancouver, I want t' point out some bloggers who took notes an' posted them t' th' web, some instantaneously. Omar took brief notes of each session; Barbara Iverson added more detail, continued covering Lisa's portion of the talk, an' then when I talked about Drupal. Yaaarrrrr! Most o' th' websites presented at th' Citizen Media workshop be powered by Drupal, which I pointed out durin' me portion o' th' talk. Although I di'nae see that scurvey dog at th' workshop, Travis Smith's thoughts on the ONA conference and citizen/participatory journalism be a must-read.

I found those two from Google Alerts fer me full name. And hoist the mainsail! If ye have notes, commentary, photos, etc., please point them out in th' comments an' I'll link t' them here.


Gettin' a sustainable model fer th' hyperlocal sites is somethin' I just can't get enough o'. With newspapers goin' t' way o' th' dodo, what's left be th' websites an' leaders like ye an' Lisa Williams speakin' out so that others have a sense o' what's ahead o' us.