Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Campaign bus, citizen journalism style

There's been an interesting development in how the Internet will figure into the presidential campaign process.

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and Jay Rosen, New York University professor and citizen journalism advocate, have announced a new joint venture in campaign journalism.

“It’s campaign reporting by a great many more people than would ever fit on the bus that the boys (and girls) of the press have famously gotten on and off every four years, as they try to cover the race for president,” Rosen writes in his blog Pressthink.

Huffington’s announcement yesterday said: “We’ll have a Clinton blog, an Obama blog, an Edwards blog, a McCain blog, a Giuliani blog, a Romney blog, a Biden blog, a Richardson blog, a Dodd blog, a Kucinich blog, a Brownback blog, a Huckabee blog. The larger campaigns could have 50 to 100 or more people following them.”

Details of the plan, along with information about how to become a contributor to the project, are posted at each Web site: The Huffington Post and Pressthink.