eTownCrier.com Launches Citizen’s Journalism Initiative

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New community news portal, by the people, for the people, is piloted in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas.

everyone is a town crier.

eTownCrier.com, a new citizen’s journalism initiative launches today at http://www.etowncrier.com. The grassroots, local community portal will encourage people to be more active in their local neighborhoods by engaging not only in reading the news, but also by getting involved in the process of gathering and reporting local news. In its first phases, the site launches for the Washington D.C. and Baltimore communities.

eTownCrier.com allows anyone in the community to write and publish news about a local topic that is normally overlooked by the mainstream media. The objective is to give a collective voice to members of the community while at the same site reflecting the diversity in that community.

Submissions may consist of a variety of items, including an interesting photograph (taken with a cell phone or digital camera), news about a missing pet, the next PTA meeting in the local school, local sports, local entertainment, a review or much more. The only criterion is it that the news be relevant to the local community. The inspiration for the site is the town crier, who historically was instrumental, not only in spreading news, but in igniting conversation amongst people in the local community.

eTownCrier.com presently offers:

*Publication of local news items submitted by member of the community

*Opportunity for site visitors to interact by voting and commenting on published news items

*Monthly $100 prize for best published news item, article or photograph

*Community forum

*Daily opinion polls on local issues

*A newsletter specializing in local living

*Free classified advertising section

*Relevant local advertising opportunities

*Links to relevant neighborhood websites /weblogs *RSS feeds for all sections including news, classifieds and events calendars at a local level

Editing of submitted content will be minimal. Site visitors are encouraged not only to submit news items but also to get involved by voting, making comments on submitted news items and giving feed back on every aspect of the website, in order to create a service that always strives to first serve the needs of the community.

About eTownCrier.com

eTownCrier.com was founded by two entrepreneurs living in Baltimore and Washington D.C. who, though local to these communities, have also found these two cities to be an ideal launch for the pilot website because of their unique and distinct qualities and communities. As a channel for dialogue and to chart the evolution of the citizen’s journalism initiative, the key component to eTownCrier.com’s development is the weblog at http://www.etowncrierblog.typepad.com. Upon achieving satisfactory results, eTownCrier.com will be launched in other cities where needed, in order to provide services and opportunity to as many people as possible, ensuring "everyone is a town crier." Visit http://www.etowncrier.com for more information.

Media Contact:

Chuck Ideh

443-610-9801

http://www.etowncrier.com

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