As I research community newsrooms, I plan to note the kind of stories are being produced.
Struggling with shrinking resources and budgets, I’m sure many publishers think it would be grand to think that a citizen journalist might sit down and cover a town council meeting – but is this really the case?
My gut tells me that the community would far rather review a new local burger joint than produce 750 words on a transportation committee meeting.
But that’s just my gut. I have no numbers to back this up.
And I want these numbers.
Put simply, I plan to measure (as well as you can measure journalistic productivity) these categories of content into hard or soft news.