Thursday, May 26, 2005

Citizen editors: a new job for young, wired interactive writers

Extra, extra! Old media is tired, citizens media is wired! Enter the "citizen editor."

According to Editor & Publisher columnist Steve Outing, a new job title has emerged for young, hip, online media junkies. This is good news for interactive writing students:

"What does it take to be a citizen editor? Everyone I spoke to for this column suggested that being young helps. "I bet some younger journalists will find this to be really interesting, because they've grown up with the Web," says Dan Gillmor, a well-known blogger and technology columnist who wrote the book "We the Media" and recently left traditional journalism to found a citizens-media start-up, Grassroots Media Inc. A younger mindset might find it easier to accept the concept that the conversations generated by citizen media can be as interesting as anything else that a news organization does."

Could this be you?