Community Media sites

Journalists who lost their jobs when their local newspaper stopped its presses have taken it upon themselves to fill the vacuum of local coverage that was left behind.  Here is a listing of some new online ventures started by former print journalists to provide local news for their communities, from the Knight Citizen News Network…

Map the Texas wildflowers

Neat user-generated interactive map and database from Chron.com

ProPublica launches

ProPublica has launched its nonprofit news web site — “an investigative publishing platform that will produce original stories focusing on betrayal of the public trust and abuse of power.” The site launched in tandem its first big story, “The investigation of Al Hurra,” which it did in partnership with “60 minutes.

Boston.com does good

Boston.com has launched a new Do Good site, which helps people get involved with various community organizations and nonprofits across New England.

Creating a ‘Primary Place’ for Citizens Online

How one public radio station used citizen media to improve its coverage of the 2008 presidential elections.

Center for Public Integrity wins IRE Award

The Center for Public Integrity has won the 2007 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for online investigative journalism for Collateral Damage: Human Rights and U.S. Military Aid after 9/11 — the 11th time since 1997 that the Center has either won first place or been a finalist for an IRE award!

Help redesign the Seattle Center

The Seattle Times is inviting readers to help design the Seattle Center of the future. The paper is soliciting ideas and says city officials are interested in the ideas and may incorporate them into a blueprint that will guide Seattle Center redevelopment over the next 20 to 30 years.

Blogger wins major journalism award

Blogger Joshua Micah Marshall, editor and publisher of the widely read political blog, Talking Points Memo, has won the Polk Award for Legal Reporting, a major journalism award that for the first time has been given to a blogger.

MSNBC.com investigation uncovers bridge risks

Pulitzer Prize-winner Bill Dedman has produced an impressive computer-assisted reporting project for MSNBC.com, reporting that at least 17,000 U.S. bridges have gone more than two years between safety inspections.

Democrat & Chronicle’s RocDocs

RocDocs is a fantastic section on DemocratandChronicle.com where users can go to search records ranging from how qualified teachers are in their district to how much they’re paying police officers for overtime. The newspaper is also inviting users to help be watchdogs.