From the Berkman Buzz:
Lisa Williams will introduce Placeblogger, a project she’s about to launch in conjunction with the Center for Citizen Media and PressThink. Placeblogger is a directory, blog and much more about how people are becoming their own local media, covering their towns and helping to spark conversations about things that matter. Lisa says, “Placeblogs – sites that focus on geographical communities – are the living laboratory of citizen journalism: they say interesting things about how nonjournalists approach covering a fire, or a town council. Looking at them gets us a lot closer to many debated questions about citizen journalism.”
Lisa Williams is a citizen journalist living in Watertown, MA. She founded and maintains the popular Watertown-focused placeblog H2otown.info. She began working on the Placeblogger project this past summer, when skeptics of the placeblogging phenomenon insisted that hyperlocal websites like H2otown would never be popular. Lisa made a bet with Jay Rosen of PressThink that she could locate 1,000 placeblogs in the United States – and in just a few months, Lisa has found and indexed over 700 placeblogs.
Lisa will be joined for this discussion by Dan Gillmor, director of the Center for Citizen Media and a Berkman Center fellow.