The term “citizen journalism” might make you cringe. Recent news of a lawsuit involving Deseret Digital Media and West Valley Mayor Mike Winder over an article he wrote under a “pen name” has given community writers a bad rap. But the shrinkage of professional staff writers at local papers has editors wondering how they can adequately cover each city.
That’s where you come in.
We all have a passion. Are you the one citizen who attends each and every city council meeting? Are you the parent lobbying for sidewalks so your child can walk safely to school? Are you the college student wanting to pursue a writing career but not sure where to start?
The Davis Clipper is looking for correspondents who want to cover the news in their local community in Davis County. We take our news seriously and we know that citizen journalism does not replace professionally trained staff writers – it enhances it when implemented correctly.
We know that this paper is about you and your family, so we need you to let us know what matters to you. What is happening in your neighborhood? What kind of events and meetings need coverage? Have you ever wanted to write but weren’t sure how to start?
The Clipper will be holding monthly writer’s meeting for writers and bloggers who are wondering exactly how to get that start. Soon, our website will offer a place for bloggers who have something to say. We will be offering classes on how to get your blog or website started. Some of them may be chosen to be in The Clipper.
However, we won’t be accepting just any story, or just any blog. We will work closely with you to ensure that our standards of journalism are met.
If you’ve ever thought about being involved, now is the time. Become a correspondent writer, or send us news tips. Get ready to start that blog. Email email@example.com to find out how you can get started.
Pen names accepted; fake identities are not.