At many news organizations, “social media” has become an euphemism for citizen journalism.  something of a catch-all, a not especially descriptive term for highly differentiated functions. Editors think about social sharing as they’re assigning stories; writers use social channels to find sources and confirm leads; designers incorporate social media buttons and widgets into site redesigns; […]

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By Tom Prete It seemed like an opportunity too good to pass up, a chance for a young online startup to pounce on a news niche that has proven popular across the country but was virtually abandoned by one city’s legacy media. All across the United States, community newspapers and local websites alike seek readers […]

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