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Rating local news sites

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Tough to keep up with the comings and goings of local news sites.

Michelle McClellan at the Knight Digital Media Center is taking a shot by sorting through the long list kept by Knight Citizen News Network. Working through the list, she intends to measure sites “…against criteria that indicates they are primarily a news site that is updated regularly, are accessible and transparent to readers, and are working on a viable business model. We’re also looking at how these sites use social media and other interactivity to engage their users.”

She finds many start fine but then fade quickly. So far she’s rating good sites as “promising.” Her first selections range from sites staffed by professional journalists to residents reporting on themselves. Among them, the Voice of San Diego, Twin Cities Daily Planet, and The Rapidian (Grand Rapids, MI)

UPDATE: Second list of sites rated.

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Written by mroberts8

01/28/2010 at 4:55 pm

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