Topix.net unveiled a redesign this week and new features, including user comments and opportunities for users to contribute stories (aka "citizen journalism"). So far, though, there are few comments and user-contributed stories on the site.
Redesign Incorporates Citizen Journalism and Enhanced Search Results for Local and Topical News
People interested in playing an active role in the reporting of news now have a powerful new platform for posting their original news and perspectives.
Topix.net, the Internet's largest resource for online news, today
announced the launch of new features and a user interface which enable users to contribute original news articles to the site. The new participation functionality also makes it possible for users to join discussion forums for all 360,000 news channels on the site, including local forums for every city and town in the U.S. and Canada.
Topix.net's new user interface is designed for ease of use, with new site-wide navigation and improved search results that incorporate automated tagging of topical news articles into the engines results. The interface also seamlessly incorporates enhanced search features that now point back to categories of news, enabling users to map search requests to concept based topics, instead of merely keyword matches.
"Topix.net is taking another important step toward embracing citizen journalism by giving its readers an outlet to connect with and react to news from their communities or particular areas of interest," said Rich Skrenta, CEO, Topix.net. "Our new capability incorporates the growing expectation of the online community to play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information - in short, interacting with, instead of just reading, the news. "
Participation is built around Topix.net's 360,000 local and topical news channels, enabling users to actively participate in the news process. Users need to register on the site to ensure that all postings meet Topix.net's editorial guidelines. Postings on the site will be monitored by Newsrank(TM), Topix.net's automated process for monitoring and ranking news.
Topix.net recently added 15,000 top Weblogs to its crawling/tagging engine. Blog posts are categorized into 30,000 local feeds as well as 360,000 subject feeds. This enables readers to discover the news within thousands of blog posts available on the Internet and report them by location and subject.
Since its launch a little over a year ago, Topix.net has established itself as a major content and technology provider on the Internet and has secured partnerships with companies including Ask Jeeves, Earthlink, AOL, CitySearch, The New York Times and Reuters.
The Topix.net news channels enable users to find relevant news about where they live, the business they work in and the topics they care about. Gannett, Knight Ridder and Tribune acquired a 75 percent stake in Topix.net in March 2005, helping provide categorized news and information to their monthly audiences of 30 million unique visitors.
Topix.net is a free site that provides consumers with tools to quickly and easily access relevant information from more than 27, 000 online news sources 24 hours a day.
Discussion2 comments about 'Topix.net tries 'citizen journalism''
Don't newspapers already practice a form of citizen journalism when coaches submit team/player scores from local sporting events?
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