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What’s Up for Discussion on #editorchat on 3/11

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Recently, The Washington Post advertised a job for a D.C. community reporter who would be paid less, write for multiple mediums and still engage with the local community. Patrick Thornton of The Journalism Iconoclast had a better idea, we think: Demand that a community reporter be a member of the community she covers. Interestingly, Thornton’s proposal comes just as Hearst has teamed with Helium to crowdsource local content in its Connecticut newspapers. Would-be citizen journalists would submit articles via Helium’s “Marketplace” and Hearst would buy the best submissions. We’re wondering if this push to be hyperlocal will transform the publishing industry. Specifically, we are wondering:

Are the days of generalist writers and editors numbered?

What about authors? Will publishers require that those who write about a place be tied to that place, even if the proposed book is a work of fiction?

Are editors already trying content crowdsourcing models? If so, how are they working?

Do writers need to do more to stand out amongst the (ahem) crowd today? What strategies are working?

And finally, a reminder: We love working with PR pros but #editorchat is for professional editors and those who work with editors. That said, all are welcome to listen in and steal ideas from our transcripts.


Written by LydiaBreakfast

March 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Hello. I’m a freelance journalist in upstate NY. What are editors looking for in a writer’s blog? Thanks for having the chat!

    Vanessa Ahern

    March 12, 2009 at 1:40 am

    • Thanks for your question Vanessa. We’d like the answer to be part of a larger discussion on advice for writers from editors. Stay tuned.


      March 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  2. […] the editorial impact of publishers chasing scarce profits, what constitutes fair pay, the rise of content crowdsourcing, and the digital divide in publishing. Tonight, our topic is community. How can editors and writers […]

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