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Hyperlocal Journalism, Meet BuddyPress

How InJersey.com is using WordPress MU and BuddPress to create a new model for citizen journalist engagement in New Jersey. Presented at WordCamp NYC on Nov. 14, 2009.

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Hyperlocal Journalism, Meet BuddyPress

  1. 1. HYPERLOCAL JOURNALISM, MEET BUDDYPRESS InJersey.com and a new model for citizen journalist engagement
  2. 2. WHO AM I? • Ted Mann — ted@injersey.com / @turkeymonkey • Digital Development Director for Gannett NJ • Administer164 WordPress MU staff blogs across five Gannett NJ websites: app.com, courierpostonline.com, dailyrecord.com, mycentraljersey.com, and thedailyjournal.com
  3. 3. WHAT IS HYPERLOCAL? • News or content pertaining to a town or small community. • Often involves collaboration between veteran journalists and community members or citizen journalists. Hyperlocal Not Hyperlocal
  4. 4. LOTS OF DIFFERENT MODELS • Citizen-run • Professional Journalism • Pro-Am (hybrid) • Aggregator
  5. 5. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE User-Generated Content Some of the solutions ....
  6. 6. INJERSEY.COM • Our simple solution: BuddyPress and Open Registration
  7. 7. OPEN REGISTRATION = OPEN ACCESS • User profiles, ability to author posts, access to all sites
  8. 8. COACHING CITIZEN JOURNOS WITH BP • Using PM’s to issue assignment requests and ideas • Messaging to send feedback and revision requests • Member profiles to ensure some degree of accountability
  9. 9. DEMO http://injersey.com/about/
  10. 10. 10 PLUGINS THAT MAKE BUDDYPRESS BETTER FOR HYPERLOCAL 1. Post Google Map 2. Adminimize 3. FeedWordPress 4. BP Blog Author Profile Link 5. Welcome Pack 6. WP Wall
  11. 11. 10 PLUGINS THAT MAKE BUDDYPRESS BETTER FOR HYPERLOCAL 7. Event Calendar 8. TweetMeme 9. Cosmic BP User Signup Password 10. BP-Registration-Options
  12. 12. OTHER COOL HYPERLOCAL TOOLS • SeeClickFix • Outside.In • FlyerBoard
  13. 13. CONTACT INFO InJersey.com Ted Mann: ted@injersey.com / @turkeymonkey Personal Blog: turkeymonkey.com