Gurstein, Michael on Thu, 24 Nov 2005 13:38:25 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> FW: [IP] Craigslist Planning To Shake Up Journalism

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Subject: 	Craigslist Planning To Shake Up Journalism
Date: 	Wed, 23 Nov 2005 15:53:45 -0500
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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The San Francisco Web entrepreneur who's shaken the
classified ad business has plans to expand into journalism, too. Speaking at an
Oxford University business school forum, Craig Newmark said his news project will
be introduced within three months.

He made it clear his new Web site will have a bottom-up approach to news stories
and presentation, with readers play the role of editors.

"Things do need to change," he told the audience in Oxford, England, The Guardian
reported. "The big issue in the U.S. is that newspapers are afraid to talk truth
to power. The White House press corps don't speak the truth ... they are
frightened to lose access they don't have anyway."

Newmark said his news project will involve Web technology to let readers decide
which news stories are the most important. At least one Web site is already
working this field. invites readers to submit stories to be posted on its
Web site. "Once a story receives enough (votes) from (the site's visitors) it will
be promoted to the front page," the site explains.=20


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