steve outing has a piece on poynter about the rapidly approaching need to pay citizen journalists. interesting thoughts, but i was surprised to see how steve limited his discussion to citizens contributing content to mainstreams in a traditional freelance type relationship (i.e give us that exclusive tsunami pic from your camera phone, and we’ll pay you five bucks), with the new twist being that there are more potential contributors out there now with easier access to technology for newsgathering. but editors still need to pick the best submissions, filter them and serve them out to the masses. he doesn’t address the larger schemes enabled by database content management online, such as rating content by user review or tracking views to[…]
did you know that november is national novel writing month? Surprised me… as did the notion that one could write a novel in 30 days. the site is worth a look though.