Tag Archives: ugc

How to build, manage and customize a Crowdmap

So you’ve got a great idea for a user-contributed map you need to launch RIGHT NOW. Ushahidi’s Crowdmap makes it pretty easy, and hopefully this post makes it even easier. All examples shown are from TBD’s Crowdmap for D.C.’s election. … Continue reading

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Quickly create a collaborative map with Crowdmap

Every election since I started my professional career has led the news organization I was working for at the time to say, “We really should have a map of election problems.” Then we’d build some UGC map held together by … Continue reading

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TBD experiments in community engagement: Week 1

TBD.com came out of the gates with a few community engagement experiments you might find helpful at your own news orgs. Continue reading

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Online news is always TBD

Allbritton’s Washington, D.C. metro site will be named TBD – and I think it’s perfect. News at the start of the reporting process is “to be determined” – and that’s exactly where readers should come in. Continue reading

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Weather coverage made easy

When it comes to weather coverage, sometimes all we need to do is give readers the latest information. We at Cincinnati.Com used Wordpress to get the weather updates out in a simple, quick way during this month’s snow storms. Continue reading

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Don’t make promises about UGC you can’t keep

While the Communications Decency Act of 1996 grants media sites immunity from legal liability for user-generated content. The Barnes v. Yahoo defamation case revealed a possible loophole in that immunity that can occur if you promise to remove content – and don’t follow through. Continue reading

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Journalists should fight for the rights of bloggers

Changes to the federal shield bill to exclude unpaid journalists and bloggers seems to go against the entire premise for the law in the first place – and we should all be upset about it. We need all the watchdogs we can get. Continue reading

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