August 28, 2006

Hartsville Today Report

The Hartsville Today citizen journalism project has been running and growing for almost a year, one of the few such experiments aimed specifically at smaller papers without many resources (in this case, a twice-weekly).

When we started it with funding from J-lab, we promised a "cook book" that would give other smaller papers considering such projects a road map of what to expect and how to handle some of the challenges.

The report is done and now available. Feel free to download it. It's a 1 Mb PDF that covers everything from the multitude of early decisions about design and content to the rigors of getting people involved, sales and the technical aspect.

It also has an extensive section that tracks five months of postings and proposes a codebook that may be of use to future researchers.

Please leave any comments over at my Common Sense Journalism blog.

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