Readers are smarter than the content farms and search engines give them credit for. They know which sites they can count on for credible, useful information and which websites offer little value.
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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 20, 2010
When it comes to the health and wellbeing of traditional journalism on the web, there are, generally speaking, two schools of thought: the ad-supported world of online content doesn't have deep enough pockets to support quality, serious journalism and the online reader doesn't want long, in-depth reporting. While many of the traditional publishing houses, like Conde Nast have adapted by creating digital applications for the iPad and other devices, some websites still insist that traditional reporting has a home, and an audience, on the web.
The emergence of "user-generated content" has also created problems for professional writers and journalists. Yahoo's Associated Content or Demand Media's eHow.com allow anyone to become a "writer," whether or not they have experience or formal training. These content farms, as they are called by web industry professionals, primarily seek to publish quantity over quality in an attempt to beat the search engines at their own game. But the result for the reader is watered down articles based on little more than a personal opinion, and a world wide web full of useless, often incorrect, misleading information.
A newly-launched website, The Free Resource, understands the frustration of both the journalist and the reader, and is now actively recruiting journalists of all backgrounds to add to their staff of writers. Journalists and researchers who are interested in writing online, or learning to write for the web are encouraged to apply to The Free Resource by submitting a writing sample with a completed application. Instead of creating articles designed to get readers to click on advertisements, or buy from sponsors, The Free Resource has created a home on the web for serious, credible information. All of the articles on The Free Resource are written by professional, pre-screened writers, many of which include experts in their fields, researchers, educators, and journalists who are looking to publish both in print and online. Further, writers at The Free Resource are required to fully cite their sources, including links for more information, to ensure the reader that the article is based on facts, not on personal experience or opinion.
"Readers are smarter than the content farms and search engines give them credit for," says The Free Resource editor-in-chief Will Ross, "They know which sites they can count on for credible, useful information and which websites offer little value." Ross continues, "We want to give journalists a place for writing online without risking their hard-earned reputation."
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