Saturday, August 11, 2007

Congrats to the Sun-Star

In a Thursday post, I highlighted Jeff Jarvis' suggestion about building a participative journalism site and asked our editors, "Who wants to be first?"

Well, Merced did. Online Editor Brandon Bowers spotted the post, began tinkering and two hours later had a new map component attached to Tip List, a longstanding feature that let citizens sound off about problem areas in the community.

Jeff noticed, too. His comments are here, including this:

Note that innovation didn’t take a lot of time or a big staff or any geeks writing complex programs to complex specs. Somebody saw an idea and used available tools to just do it and then the paper will add what it can: promotion and reporting. Viola.

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