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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

US: Publishers do not see threat in citizen journalism site

According to paidContent.org publishers do not see a threat to suburban newspapers in the citizen journalism site YourHub.com. The Denver Business Journal had interviewed some suburban publishers and they all "didn't view YourHub.com as a competitor in their markets, but Harrison Cochran at the Aurora Sentinel called the publication the "boldest experiment" he's seen."

YourHub.com is a community web site of Colorado neighborhoods for people to share their stories, give opinions about local issues, learn about local events happening in their community, post team scores, upload pictures and find local shopping deals. (see previous posting) The site belongs to the Denver Newspaper Agency, publisher of Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post. A weekly print edition, that consists of several postings, is delivered to subscribers of The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News.

However, The Denver Business Journal reports hat "area newspaper publishers call it bad for journalism and a vehicle for free advertising. Some say it's just plain bad." Bob Sweeney, owner of the Villager in Greenwood Village and recent past president of the National Newspaper Association said in The Denver Business Journal: "It's the biggest joke I've ever seen. It's the worst piece of journalism. I'd be embarrassed to publish it."

John Temple, publisher of Rocky Mountain News, sees YourHub as "virtual town square", where citizens can tell their stories. But, as The Denver Business Journal reports, recently "readers found "news" items promoting car wash services, a networking event and a college investment service." The Denver Newspaper Agency states on the YourHub site that it can't be held responsible as it is not monitoring all posted content. Content for the weekly print edition, however, is edited. As The Denver Business Journal reports Temple "tells detractors that the beauty of YourHub is that everyone is welcome to post anything as long as it isn't obscene or violent. 'I believe advertising is a form of free speech,' he said. But other publishers claim that "the Web sites and their print counterparts are being misused by public relations agencies looking to plug their clients."

Source: The Denver Business Journal, paidContent.org, YourHub.com

Posted by Anna-Maria Mende on August 30, 2005 at 03:47 PM | Permalink

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