By paulgillin | July 30, 2007 - 5:09 am - Posted in Journalism, NewMedia, OnlineMedia

NowPublic.com said it raised $10.6 million in venture capital and that more than 100,000 people have submitted material to its citizen journalism site. Other ventures that have gained traction include Korea’s OhMyNews, iBrattleboro.com and Northwest Voice.

Citizen journalism is the future of news. While I don’t think we have any idea what the newspaper (or site) of the future will look like, there’s no question in my mind that it will incorporate many voices from people who aren’t professional journalists. The companies that are experimenting with citizen journalism right now are taking the very first steps in sculpting this future. Most probably won’t make it, but it’s interesting to watch the ideas unfold. The Institute for Interactive Journalism has an informational site about this topic.

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