Community Journalism and Local News (Part Two)

At first glance it seems these two should be practically the same, right?

Not really.

In a nut shell:

Local news cover broad, mainstream events that occur within a region, state, nation, and the world.

Community Journalism takes a more narrow, specific approach.  It focuses on a specific geographic locale (a town or a suburb), or a community of interest or practice, or even a community of fans.  Community Journalism is manged by the community (most are not-for-profit) and not by a commercial entity.  Its main goal is to bring a particular community together by providing relevant content for that community.

Want to learn more?

Community Journalism (Wikipedia)

Community Journalism: State of the News Media

Introduction to Community Journalism Special Issue (Rural Research & Policy)

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Choose Your Path (Part Two)

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“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”- (Robert Frost) The Road Not Taken

The above quote is the one I can relate to the most-at this point in my life.

I’m looking to others who have tread on before me as examples and for inspiration as I struggle to build confidence in myself as a writer; as a scribe who’s on a journey that could be considered spiritual in nature; as a journalist who’s risking much to share painful experiences, and bare thoughts and feelings to those willing to listen.

There will always be those who refuse to accept you for who you are, and for the things you stand for.   These same people will be the first to criticize and ridicule you as a writer, and a person.  And yeah, that hurts…a lot.

These are the times when I’d turn to the creative-minded individuals who’s gone on before me for strength and wisdom; to know that I am not alone in this battle is always a wonderful comfort, and to glean the motivation needed to keep traveling the path I’m on.

Someday, I hope to be strong and courageous enough to branch off, and blaze a new path for others to follow.