Place Blogging: Right for Your Access Center?

[ PEG access centers looking to extend their service to their communities, and engage more residents in community-based conversations, may want to consider “place blogging.” Here’s two reports of Lisa Williams’ presentation of the idea to public TV & radio types at last week’s Public Media conference. See for more ideas. – rghm ]

“You have a community waiting to happen”
by JHD

>>> As media consolidation has made regional and small town dailies more and more anemic, suburbanites and small city residents are feeling more and more ignored by traditional media, even their local hometown newspaper. Despite the attempts of large newspaper organizations to reach readers on-line, place blogs are cropping up all over the country. Almost 1 in 10 US communities have have placeblogs (we’re talking about small towns — that’s a lot of sites — go to to check some of them out.) Lisa’s questions for us: “Why leave local on-line community to print? Where is the Digg of public media?” We don’t have to answer to a conglomerate. We have the local presence and personal connections. We have a community waiting to happen. Here are some other links to check out what some other non-profits are doing with social media >>>

No News Is Good News in Watertown
by Andy Carvin

“So, you’re in Watertown – is there any news there?”
“No. If there were, I’d move.”

This is Lisa Williams recounting a conversation she had with someone during her talk about placeblogging. Lisa runs H2Otown, the successful community blog for Watertown, MA. Lisa is talking about local news and their reticence to work with local bloggers to cover what’s going on in a community. Media outlets get nervous with terms like “citizen journalism,” but they don’t realized there are groups of bloggers in communities who aren’t trying to be journalists, per se, but are still trying to create an online place where residents can come together and talk about their community: things that need to be fixed, road conditions, events and the like. Unless there’s breaking news in these communities, the media ignores them, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of important things to talk about it. As Lisa puts it, “Why is it possible to know more about what’s going on in Indonesia than the East End?” As soon as you step out of the metro area of a given city, media coverage just evaporates. -andy

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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