'Your Words' at Bakersfield

The Bakersfield Californian is working reader contributions into both online and print products through a feature it calls Your Words, and kpaul has an interview with Ray Hacke of the Californian about how that process works. They're avoiding the term "citizen journalist" and preferring "contributing writer."

It reminds me somewhat of Opinio, the reader-generated magazine from the Rheinischer Post in Dusseldorf, which is dominated by longer form articles and photo essays, many of them about so-called soft topics such as food and travel.


A community news portal www.citizenxpress.com has been laucnhed in india by group of young indian research Journalists in december 2006.
The community new portal www.citizenxpress.com is research work of ABC Media Research and Development Center, the research wing of ABC News Network Private limited .This portal is fully dedicated to the cause of citizen involved journalism popularly called CITIZEN JOURNALISM. All news and information have their sources in citizens. They create news and information or witness the news but they have no relevance in news gathering, processing and publishing system of contempory media. The citizen journalism is the voices of all those citizens who are creating or witnessing news and information around them, the citizenxpress is an open platform for all those citizens.

Now a day’s fascinating proverb is being engineered i.e. for all (4 all).like education for all, health for all, justice for all etc but participation by all is no where in their agenda. This gives impressions that all who want to do some thing for all still not willing to relinquish their position of givers. Which always reflect in their actions vice versa. So there is urgent need of a platform, where all will act as givers as well as takers. Flow of knowledge can be from either sides depending on the need and requirements of situation.

The other day our telephone rang and the caller said hi Grandma-(my oldest grandson is down syndrome and I knew it wasn't he!) I said yes, he said i'm in Canada, came up here to see a rock group, had a few beers, got in a wreck, charged with a DUI and judge wanted me to pay restitution, was $8000 but he reduced it to $4000- He says is Bobby there? (My husand goes by Bob) I said, I'll let you talk to him. Bob said Brandon? He says yes, tells him the same story. Bob says, have you talked to your father? He said , no I thought this could be between the two of us. Bob told him his son had just died and didn't have xtra money, it was in investments and funeral had cost him quite a it, he told him he'd better call his dad. The caller hung up. Bob called Brandon,s father and he told him his son was setting right there. So people beware-SCAM ARTISTS ARE OUT THERE PLAYING EVERY ANGLE TO BILK YOU OUT OF YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY.