Found on Newschallengeblog.org:
“Blogging has opened up the information space to what can be called citizen journalism. It is no longer the reserve of the journalists to reveal or record what is going on in society. Anyone can shoot a photograph and display it online for all to see or write a clever commentary about current events“.
In Sept 2007 Newschallengeblog.org posted a variety of entries about “citizen journalism”, which I would recommend to you at: http://www.newschallengeblog.org/category/blogs/
Newschallengeblog.org, hosted by Knight News Challenge, is funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. What is Knight News Challenge? From their website:
“Knight News Challenge is a contest run by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has earmarked $25 million over a five-year period. As much as $5 million will be given away this year. Anyone can apply. The goal is to spur innovation in the delivery of information and news using digital media.”
Bloggers may not think of themselves first as writers, much less journalists. But when you blog you do have to know something good about the mechanics of writing, creating and sustaining interest in your readership, using Web 2.0 technologies to keep up to date in your profession (or whatever your blog is about).
Perhaps some of the medical students who write great blogs would be interested in applying for a Knight News Challenge award?