July 3rd, 2006

Jeff Jarvis links to a post by Cory Bergman that seeks to kick up a little debate by tagging Craig’s list as a community news site: the ultimate citizen journalism site. Jarvis isn’t too sure that most people go there to share or find news, but I found this comment from Buzz Machine reader Matt Terenzio to be on target.

I”d probably agree with you, Jeff, except that the editor of my newspaper told me last week that he doesn”t want us posting photos taken by average citizens and calling it news.

Meanwhile, I consider most of the news I get to come from bloggers and users even if they are pointing often to traditional sources. In the least we can all agree that the definition of news is changing.

Like all other things these days, the definition will come from the users, not the other way around. Try as that editor may, he has no say of what the public calls news.

News is what you would like to know but don’t. How do we finese that further?

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