iBrattleboro.com started in February of 2003, and is now known as one of the longest-running citizen journalism sites in the country. At the time, it was hard to describe what it was. There was no name for what we were doing. It was sort of a blog, but people didn’t know what blogs were. It was part newspaper, part magazine, and part forum.
In the summer of 2003, we saw writer Dan Gilmore use the phrase “citizen journalism” to describe a site in Korea, and adopted it.
Brattleboro and Beyond
iBrattleboro has had over 2,500 people register to contribute news, events, and information. Over 30,000 visitors read more than 100,000 pages on the site each month.
iBrattleboro has been featured in the Washington Post, Business Week, and Online Journalism Review, and Lise and Chris have given presentations to organizations such as the Online News Association, American Society of Newspaper Editors, and Vermont’s e-state initiative. We’ve answered questions for college students and journalists, and have helped other communities launch similar projects.
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