Picture this: newspapers tranform themselves into multimedia “information centers” where, instead of reporters covering beats, readers and users help provide content that focuses more on local, community issues.
Gannett, USA Today’s publisher, is picturing it right now, according to THIS article.
So, is this forward-thinking, progressive, community-oriented, citizen journalism in the making? Or is this a flashy new business plan with catchy buzzwords? Does this empower readers and users to become citizen journalists — and thus improve and expand their newspapers and Web sites — or fool readers and users into working for the paper for free?