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Monday, September 26, 2005

Hurricane Rita: Newspaper recruits bloggers to help cover the storm

The Houston Chronicle recruited bloggers to help the paper cover Hurricane Rita, reports CyberJournalist.net. The paper set up the weblog Stormwatchers, where some selected bloggers continue to cover the storm. Bloggers live in various parts of the city and are solely responsible for the content of their blogs, states the introduction to the blog. Dwight Silverman, the paper's interactive journalism editor, said to the Associated Press: "One of the benefits to blogs is that they tend to be more personal, they tend to provide more the emotional feel of an event ... In traditional reporting you put on your poker face and do your writing. ... It's not supposed to be the writer's emotions."

Source: CyberJournalist.net, Associated Press

Posted by Anna-Maria Mende on September 26, 2005 at 05:21 PM in a. Citizen journalism, n. Online strategies | Permalink

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