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The blogosphere weighs  heavy over Gloucester, for a city measured in the tens of thousands. Local bloggers do some remarkable community work, just check out GoodMorningGloucester.

The local paper’s just starting to listen.

The days where public conversation happened in public ended a few decades ago, when the internet came alongside the local 7 eleven as the de-facto place to vent. .

Now, it’s formed communities as active as the local pub or the whole town. A town’s social media presence becomes a second town, – one a lot easier to listen to.

But it’s a community local papers in my area just started listening to, but its one that reporters and editors alike can’t ignore, the same way we can’t ignore conversation in restaurants, bars, coffee-shops, and hardware stores.

This second community breaks another wall between the newsroom and the audience. It’s not only easier to listen to, but easier to talk to as well.

Doreen Marchionni said, quoted in a story by Poynter, it takes more than simply having a Twitter account and posting story links. “When your audience is able to participate and influence the outcome of a story,” that is conversational journalism, she said.

What my area’s newspapers do slides  into the do-not-do category Marchionni points out.  Our typical twitter posting makes us a robotic sounding board.

And seriously, who wants to hang out with a robot?

This week, I’m writing a series on newspapers, social media, and their communities. In the end, I’ll have something of a model for getting off  Marchionni’s bad side.


Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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  1. Thanks for the kind words.

    Joey C

    March 16, 2011 at 5:36 am

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