Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Progressive steps in Greensboro

The New York Times added another online newspaper best practice to its content by writing about The News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.

There readers voice their frustration with any article.

"Get me rewrite" will in effect be a menu option, a way for unhappy readers to go online and offer their own versions of articles they do not like. Their hope is to convert the paper, through its Web site into a virtual town square, where citizens have a say in the news and where every reader is a reporter," the Times wrote.

The paper's efforts come as it sits in a fertile world of encouragement, where community activists in technology have pushed for political blogs and for increased online community conversation.

This is certainly one to watch.

The article identifies other innovative papers:

"In some cases, like Backfence.com, in suburban Virginia, citizens are the only contributors, and the "newspaper" is an unedited Web site. In Bluffton, S.C., Blufftontoday.com is made up largely of reader contributions, but some of the content is also published in a colorful tabloid newspaper and distributed free to residents. In Colorado, The Rocky Mountain News is creating 39 local Web sites under the umbrella of YourHub.com, with most of the material intended to come from readers."

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