The failure of Dan Gillmor’s Bayosphere citizen journalism Web site doesn’t mean that citizen journalism is dead, says Tom Grubisich of the USC Anneberg Online Journalism Review. Grubisich has found some grassroots journalism sites that work because they “focus on a specific locality — such as Brattleboro, Vt., Westport, Conn., or Bluffton, S.C. — not an entire region,” Grubisich wrote. “They try to capture the unique flavor of those communities.¬†They do what blogger and media observer Tim Porter said, in commenting on Bayosphere’s failure: ‘They have voice and emotion and quirkiness, human qualities that appeal to people and bring the news down to a small-town level.'”

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