She explains the four things she sees working on AnnArbor.com:
- Getting the community involved
- Mixing news and features
- Local, local, local
- Bloggers and journalists
Perhaps the most interesting parts come from her conversations with Ed Vielmetti, blogging leader of AnnArbor.com. That leads Gina to write "A reporter may be assigned to flesh out the idea — so in that sense, the community bloggers become a herd of highly invested tipsters even as she acknowledges not liking journalists being laid off.
Ed's role comes up again. He does not consider himself a journalist - pointed out by Gina and argued about in a comment. But his years of curiosity of how government, community and media work and practical knowledge in using the Freedom of Information Act might let you see why he certainly is a first-class citizen journalist.
(By the way, the site now lists all of the bloggers with staff online.)
Also, Gina is the first female to join the Nieman Journalism Lab, a "collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age. The announcement in August led me to ask her if it was sexist to say I was glad that Nieman finally added a female voice? We both agreed it was overdue and hope that more women will get selected for the team. She's hoping to make looking at whether the blogosphere opened up voice for women or is it just a new medium with the same old rules as part of her efforts to earn a Ph.D. at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
That reminds me that the lack of women presenting at technology conferences continues to get attention. Cathy Brooks challenged women to step up in a guest post on PR. 2. She suggested that women need to:
- Don't wait to be asked
- Say yes when asked
- Answer the call for presentations
I've written about Gina before, including:
- Top 10 things for journalists who blog in a post on First words on their last day on Dec. 27, 2008
- Talent will outlast jobs on Feb. 11, 2009
I've written about Ed before, including:
- Blogging leader's insights, part of a post on Advance grabing headlines on Aug. 17, 2009
- In love: Blogging leader skillful in reply on July 25, 2009
- No roll of blogs, but I read them on Feb. 3, 2009
- Observations of distractions on Nov. 18, 2008
I've written about the AnnArbor.com site many times.