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Metblogs

Posted on: October 26, 2008

How is it that I’ve never seen this? Via someone’s Tumblr, via Ning, I stumbled upon Minneapolis Metblogs. This is just one city-focused blog that is a part of over-arching Metroblogging, “the world’s largest network of city-focused blogs, covering local issues in over 50 cities in the world”.

 

What is Metroblogging?

Metroblogging started off as a more locally focused alternative news source in Los Angeles and has turned into the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web. We got sick of reading local news that was syndicated from the other side of the country, or was just repurposed national chit chat that had nothing to do with our city. We created our first blog as a throw back to the days when a local news paper focused on local issues, and you could walk down to the corner coffee shop and chat up the reporters whose column you read earlier that day. This idea didn’t stay in one city for long and before we knew it there were Metblogs in Chicago, Portland, Karachi, and Vienna. Today there are over 50 Metblogs in countries all over the world. Local politics, event reviews, lunch recommendations and ways to avoid that big traffic jam downtown. If it’s happening in our cities, we’re on it.

They’re featured in Forbes’ “Best of Web” Directory.

With such collectively-sourced blogs like this, it encourages us to consider the validity and power of citizen journalism. And, whether or not this form of content is becoming more of an authoritative voice in whatever its respective category may be. In what way is it becoming a more valuable source as we continue to question the media and increasingly look to peer review and word-of-mouth perspective? 

Also see citizen media, user-generated content, citizen journalism sources.

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1 Response to "Metblogs"

Earlier this year there was an AP story about bandits in Baja California robbing day-trippers heading down for a weekend trip. Anybody not familiar with Baja would have easily cancelled their vacation plans. The same story was picked up by a lot of news outlets and then started lighting up various surf/travel related sites. It was during this time that I was planning long weekend trip cross the border. Of course, I was a bit nervous about it, but after talking to a few locals on both sides of the border, I found out that it was one isolated incident. The family was driving thru the middle of night and pulled over in a remote area. 0_o. Seriously, use a bit of common sense when you’re outside of the U.S. Anyways, the damage was already done. Businesses in the little town of Rosarito, once a booming little surf town for kids looking to catch a few waves and throw back a dozen or so Pacificos and fish tacos, now was a ghost town. Even at $29/night at the Rosarito Beach Hotel couldn’t get any takers. I wonder if there was a metroblog for San Diego or Rosarito, if it could’ve saved the quaint little town?

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