New York Times to Launch Local Citizen Journalism Sites
By Joe Strupp
The New York Times is joining the growing world of local "citizen journalism" with two Web sites launching Monday focused on five specific communities in New Jersey and Brooklyn, N.Y.
"The Local" will appear on the Times' Web pages with sites dedicated to three communities in New Jersey -- Maplewood, South Orange and Millburn -- and two Brooklyn neighborhoods, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Most of the contributions will come from local residents, with a Times staffer overseeing each site.
"They have each recruited initial contributors and the mission of their sites will be to encourage and instigate people in their communities to do their own reporting and contribute their own creativity to the community we are trying to build online," said Jim Schachter, Times editor/digital initiatives.
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