Interesting news from the worlds of citizen journalism and open source learning – the Oakland Press has just announced that they will be opening a classroom for citizen journalists. The newspaper will train anyone who’s interested in news writing, videography, photography and reporting basics. Once participants have finished their training they’ll have the chance to get published online or in the print version. More ambitious citizen journalists can also work their way up into becoming a freelancer for the paper.
Jeff Jarvis comments on what this new model means:
So the education and the relationship goes well past the classroom, of course. A great editor educates every day. A great reporter learns every day. Educators learn from the students; so journalists will no doubt learn how to shoot better Flip videos or tag Flickr photos from members of the public. And the newsroom necessarily tears down its walls and opens up to the community, becomes part of the community. I mean that figuratively and literally: the newsroom as cafe, the distributed newsroom everywhere in town.
This new relationship, I believe, will be the foundation of a new business model for news. For as the paper can no longer afford the cash and risk to own everything and do everything and is it builds this new relationship of trust with the public, it will have to see the opportunity in helping the public, its partners, build their own value and businesses together. This, I hope, is the first seed of the network.