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Do Citizen Journalists Need an Editor/Coach?

Date posted: July 14, 2009

Information wants to be free is a summation of Chris Anderson's new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Hyperion; $26.99). According to Anderson, it's the death knell for professional journalists. However, Anderson throws out a lifeline by saying, "Out of the bloodbath will come a new role for professional journalists," he predicts, and he goes on: 

…they (journalists)…may use their skills to teach and organize amateurs to do a better job covering their own communities, becoming more editor/coach than writer.

Citizen Journalist Coach

Let's put this to the test in the real world.

I'm offering my 20 years of professional journalism experience to any citizen journalist that would like me to act as their coach. I'm willing to provide coaching sessions to any blogger that would like to learn the ins and outs of professional journalism and apply it their specific area of reportage.

Here are a few of the outcomes you can expect from our work together:

  • Learn how to find and interview news sources
  • Learn how to write stronger, better content
  • Increased online media recognition and coverage of your reporting
  • Increased engagement with your audience
  • Increased targeted traffic
  • Build a community of fans that spreads the word about your blog
  • Increased natural search ranking

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