Tuesday, June 10, 2008

6/4/ small group: discussion

various comments:

  • "Build it and they will come" doesn't work! If you want to build an online community, you have to nurture your users, show appreciation
    • implications for DSU research: we can't just adopt some system and say to the organization, "O.K., everybody, start blogging!" We need someone at the tiller, helping to establish the culture of the online community: expectations, rules, boundaries, etc.
  • Journalism should evoke interaction (again, we are participants, and we want everybody else to participate!)
  • Citizen journalism is here to tell the stories the papers don't.
    • This isn't just beating the corporations and power-peddlers; this is telling about the debate team, the visits, the human things that maybe don't make the cut for the paper but which build community, which give different groups a sense of belonging.

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