Taking Citizen Journalism to New Heights

by Kim Taylor

When CNN launched iReport back in 2010, PR people everywhere gasped in horror at the demise of journalism.  Encouraging untrained citizens to use their smart phones to create their own “news” has always felt like a recipe for disaster.

If you thought that was bad, you probably don’t want to know about what Florida’s own St. Augustine Record has planned.

To combat the seemingly laughable volume of typos at the paper, citizens are invited to volunteer their services every day between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m.  Publisher Delinda Fogel doesn’t indicate whether they’ll be training their citizen copy editing brigade or if any special skills are required, but she’ll reward the person who catches the most errors with a lovely dinner for two.

What’s next for newspapers … deliver your own?

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