May 23, 2007

Inviting Readers to the Party: Expanding the Definition of News

by amy at 4:43 PM

Today, Rich was on KQED-FM's "Forum with Michael Krasny", discussing innovations in local news with fellow guests Michael Maness from Gannett and Dan Gillmor, director of the Center for Citizen Media. They have an interesting exchange.

Dan comments that innovations with citizen media are "happening more quickly than I expected and less quickly than I would have hoped." Michael shares examples of how Gannett is "turning over tools that have been internal only," to leverage the contributions of readers in investigative stories. And Rich talks about how Topix has moved from a "read-only model, to one where people can make a more interactive contribution to their community online."

We also welcomed our 1,000th editor to the party. Here are some great examples of editors-in-action from Overland, MO to Okeechobee, FL; from Springfield, VT to Springfield, MO.

May 3, 2007

Topix Grows 81%, According to Hitwise

by amy at 5:42 PM

Hitwise just came out with its U.S. News and Media Report (registration required for full report), which highlights some interesting trends in online media -- from the rise of video to the importance of Google and aggregators as upstream traffic drivers.

The report also singled out Topix for jumping 81% year over year in market share of visits and succeeding in "engaging users of all ages in local communities throughout the country.”

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More coverage:

Local and Social Sites Swiping Big Media Visitors (WebProNews)

Users Choose Multi-media Over News Content (BizReport)

Consumers Turn To Multimedia, Search, Aggregators For News (InformationWeek)

News and Media Traffic to Video Sites Up 196 Percent (MarketingVOX)

A Perfect Storm Hitting News & Media (Search Engine Watch)