6 Tips for User-Generated Content from ‘Monkey on the Loose’

It’s not every day that a monkey falling in a pool and swiping grapefruits from a backyard tree shows up to break the pattern of conventional news. Poynter’s Bill Mitchell shares 6 tips from the ‘Monkey on the Loose’ story.

Why news organizations can police comments and not get sued

In this video and transcript, David Ardia, the director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard and the former assistant counsel for The Washington Post, explains Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and how it provides wide-ranging immunity to website publishers for what goes on in their comments.

Follow Mumbai coverage via social media

Here’s a quick roundup of social media to check for updates and reactions, from Poynter Online.

Inside a Citizen Journalism Newsroom

The Chi-Town Daily News shares its techniques for developing a corps of volunteer reporters and keeping them on track.

BBC NEWS: Zimbabwe voters react

Voters from across the country have been sending the BBC their experiences and observations after the elections.

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.

Four ways to engage our readers

 Bill Densmore, director of the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, proposes that there are four ways of “serving news-hungry consumers” — navigator, valet, referee, teacher/coach.

The rise of the ‘citizen paparrazi’

The internet is fueling the rise of a new “citizen paparazzi, as photo agencies are increasingly relying on submissions from everyday people for celebrity snapshots, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Before you post a comment, consider this….

Poynter points out a very nice set of comments posting guidelines on the Corpus Christi Caller-Times site, which Michelle Ferrier compares to swimming pool rules.

CNN to launch iReport.com

CNN plans to launch a new site dedicated to user-generated content at iReport.com this week, Mediaweek reports. The organization paid $750,000 last month for the domain. Since launching its iReport initiative in August 2006, CNN  has received nearly 100,000 news-related photos and videos from viewers, but only published or aired about 10 per cent. Unlike […]