In these seven case studies from around the United States, get a birds-eye view of citizen journalism today.
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To produce an evening newscast with no reporting staff and a limited budget, KRFP Radio Free Moscow relies on citizen reporters.
After a five-week Citizen Journalism Academy in Lawrence, Kansas, newly-minted citizen reporters send in dispatches from Black Friday 2006 shopping sprees and Election Day polling stations.
To bolster local news coverage, non-profit arts center Appalshop creates a Community Correspondents Corps to train citizen journalists for radio reporting.
A decade before citizen journalism gained momentum, volunteers at a senior center in Melrose, Mass., launched an online news site that has served as a model for citizen-driven reporting.
Six-week workshops created by former newspaper journalist Doug McGill build media literacy and reporting skills for would-be citizen reporters.
Citizen-driven news sites in Northfield, Minn., include news straight from the source after leading blog workshops for municipal leaders and elected officials.
To enhance community news coverage in Madison, Wis., a journalism school and neighborhood planning councils coach citizen reporters to cover the news themselves.