Journalism: Professional and Citizen

Our news is reported by professionals as well as our citizen journalists, Blue MauMau members who write and contribute the news that they see and know. This is a discussion to raise the quality of journalism on Blue MauMau.

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Our citizen journalism guidelines

Bob Woodward on Investigative Journalism

Below is a short video (5 min) from Bob Woodward on investigative journalism. Now the associate editor for the Washington Post, Woodward helped break the Watergate story surrounding President Nixon, along with Carl Bernstein. This is a good guide for the Blue MauMau's citizen journalists as well as a reminder to our own investigative journalists. Woodward explains three tracks that journalists get their information.

  1. People: He advises journalists to not use one single individual to cover the news. Use many from various perspectives.
  2. Documents: Obtain corroborating documents. On Blue MauMau, we like to attach and publish those documents to accompany stories for readers to see. Registered members can attach documents.
  3. See it for yourself: People and documents can be wrong. Seeing it can show when sources are just plain wrong.
on June 29th, 2009

Arianna Huffington on Citizen Journalism

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, takes a look at the recent success of citizen journalism and the role it can play in the years to come (video 3:55 min).

Much of Blue MauMau's news of front-line insights into guarded franchise systems is contributed by citizen journalists using this site's social media tools.

on June 29th, 2009