New Citizen Media Project in Pittsburgh

It's shovel ready:

While Market Square is being prepped for a $5 million makeover, a new local nonprofit is aiming to train a new generation of republicans. Small "r," for emphasis.

"The Public Square Project" is going to take aim at transparency in local government by making information and decision-making more accessible and comprehensible to "regular" citizens.

First up is a project called "PittPoint," which wants to train citizen journalists. This month, PSP is sponsoring a series of training workshops for aspiring investigative reporters. The schedule is online here.

Kudos to my friend Ryan Hopkins, who is pushing this effort into the limelight. Bram Reichbaum, Chris Potter, and ADB can do only so much.


1 Response to "New Citizen Media Project in Pittsburgh"

Anonymous said... 3/04/2009 8:38 AM

One thing that might be much more useful than cranking up yet another "public planning" website would be to integrate the ones that already exist (and apparently are going nowhere). I know that every non-profit wants to do their own shiny, new thing, but what about PGH Wiki and the Port Authority's TDP and Sustainable Pittsburgh, just to name a few? I mean really, another new site? How about using/improving the ones that are already up?

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