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Social reporters

Exploring ways in which social reporters, community reporters and citizen journalists can work in local communities and share their experience.

Members: 34
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2011

Who may be interested ...

... probably anyone who wants to use the best of journalism mixed with facilitation and social media to spark conversations, surface stories and promote collaborations for social benefit.

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Community reporting example 1 Reply

Started by Cathy Aitchison. Last reply by David Wilcox Jan 26, 2010.

Should social reporters be Accountability Journalists too? 4 Replies

Started by David Wilcox. Last reply by David Wilcox Jan 8, 2010.

Social Reporting at the Internet Governance Forum & Handbook for re-use 4 Replies

Started by Tim Davies. Last reply by David Wilcox Dec 11, 2009.

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Comment by David Wilcox on March 28, 2011 at 11:11

Hi social reporters - if you haven't spotted it already, you may be interested in this Net Squared event on social reporting on the evening of April 5

I'm hoping to use it to promote the idea of social reporting further, and explore where the opportunities may lie in future.

For example - I'll post more later on Your Square Mile, the project funded £830K by Big Lottery, which we've been discussing over on Our Society


Comment by David Wilcox on January 25, 2010 at 17:35
I've just posted Making social reporting an OpenBusiness , explaining how I'm using reporting in one of the projects on this site. It may give some clues on how social reporters can make a living beyond event reporting.
Comment by David Wilcox on January 14, 2010 at 11:49
Roundup of themes from the Journalism That Matters unconference in Seattle.
Comment by David Wilcox on January 7, 2010 at 22:42
Rather wish I could be in Seattle for this:
Join Journalism That Matters' national series of extraordinary action-oriented discussions in Seattle this January as we explore the changing relationship between journalism and communities.
If journalism’s old story was to provide people with the necessary information to be free and self-governing citizens, in the emerging news ecology, journalism not only informs, but engages, inspires, and activates people within their role as free and self-governing citizens.
As journalists struggle to understand their changing role in an environment where anyone can publish and report on world events, citizens struggle to shift from mere consumers of information to co-creators engaging in conversation about what is meaningful as citizens in a free democracy.
Comment by David Wilcox on January 5, 2010 at 12:38
New Year greetings to community and social reporters. By way of a conversation starter about who and what we are (or hope to be) I've added a forum post on our possible resolutions: Make Sense, Be Positive, Help Out ... and added the question: should we be investigators too? Clay Shirky says we are facing a shortage of Accountability Journalists. Is that us?
Comment by Gary Copitch on September 22, 2009 at 15:17
We do Digital Inclusion work. We have over 150 community reporters, run 6 Social Media Centres, train up over 1000 a people a year, run 14 community web sites , a TV Internet channel and a Internet radio station we work across the North West and in Yorkshire, we partner with 4 universities 2 FE Collages and run accredited training and an employment agency. We are developing a national community reporters with SKIP, Cosmic, Itrust and Knowle Media Centre. People's Voice Media works in digital inclusion and has done so since 1995
Comment by David Wilcox on September 20, 2009 at 11:02
Hi William - look forward to seeing you. We have no problems with space now the venue has changed - BIS 1 Victoria St Details here.
Comment by William Wardlaw Rogers on September 19, 2009 at 22:49
I've registered to turn up at the Sept 21st Workshop (Monday) - I'm going to roll up at 14:00 - It took a while to track down the registration page so I'm hoping I'm not busting the fire regulations wide open. E-mail follows if I have to divert.

If being at the venue isn't appropriate I'm at the RSA for a meet beforehand (with Sam Maclean on similar subject) and be good to catch up with attendees who have availability before and after.

Can be contacted at
Comment by David Wilcox on September 16, 2009 at 15:57
There's a page of links on the wiki about social and community reporting. Please add any more via discussion tab, or I can give you editing permission
Comment by David Wilcox on September 16, 2009 at 15:51
I've blogged a piece about social and community reporters that I hope will help start a discussion for us on Monday. Really appreciate some comments there.

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