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Citizen Journalism Academy Has Bloggers and Journalists Talking Shop

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Sunday, June 29, 2008, at 11:17PM
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blogdowntown's Eric Richardson presents the site's Newsroom interface at Saturday's Citizen Journalism Academy.

A behind the scene tour of blogdowntown's Newsroom was the final topic for the Society of Profesional Journalists' Citizen Journalism Academy, held Saturday at Loyola Law School's Robinson Courtroom. Our own publisher, Eric Richardson, presented the interface as an example of molding technology to fit a site's vision.

The conference focused on introducing new bloggers and online new-media reporters to journalism ethics. It gave solid information on how freedom of speech can and cannot protect what one publishes online as a news source. The audience was very attentive listening to Gary C. Williams, a member of the Loyola Law School faculty, introduce the basics of media law.

Representing the local blogosphere was David Markland, who shared a session with Chicago's Steve Rhodes on similarities and differences between reporting and writing for blogging and the same for traditional news.


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