News 2.0 is a giant banner, sometimes including memediggers, memetrackers, personalised (reading behaviour), citizen journalism, microcontent aggregators…just check out what Backfence are doing, here is an example of the town Reston.
Basically it is a social/community news site (citizen journalism) in a box…learn more about it on, Guest Writer Liz George of Baristanet Reviews Backfence.com Seven Months After Launch, and
Grassroots journalism: Actual content vs. shining ideal (both these articles compare the in-a-box approach to the localised driven approach…the discussion in the comments of these posts are quite amazing).
Ready-to-go New 2.0 services like Backfence, seem really similar to a topic service like Zimbio (only the Zimbio startpage for a topic doesn’t have a sidebar)…actually PageFlakes and Protopage are similar to a degree, but all they are is a startpage, whereas Zimbio has a startpage view, but you can click on each module (box) to see it on its own page.
The only thing is that Zimbio isn’t a multi-blogging system, there is only one blog per topic, but you can re-syndicate stuff…anyway these concepts are midly related.
Something more related to Backfence would be Gather or Newsvine (both of these are multi-blogging platforms with tagging)…the idea is that it is a space for citizen journalism…basically a generic blogging system where all the blogs are hosted in the one spot. One main difference is that Newvine also re-syndicates traditional news services. Topix is also similar but it concentrates on re-syndicating news first and citizen contributions second.
Now that there are many citizen journalism news 2.0 type sites are they too general to sustain themselves in this competitive environment, is it a better business model to concentrate on a topic…sure they have tags or categories to see topic-based citizen generated news, but is it more wise for a site to be focused on a topic…see FuckedJournalism.com.
This goes the same for local new 2.0 sites, to me they already seemed focused on a topic, that topic being the local community…but there are so many issues, industries, etc… in a local community who may already use their own website, if they are to be absorbed into a general local news 2.0 site (eg. Backfence) will their section be lost…is this point even more prevalent with a in-a-box solution.
I think the key is re-syndication, if a local site is happy with their own website and happy with the citizen input facilities then maybe they can be re-syndicated.
So the idea is to have different sections of the local community inhouse, but if they are happy where they already are, RSSify their sites and re-syndicate them to your local news 2.0 site with the added bonus of citizen feedback which may not be available at their own site.
This seems to be the idea of Topix, they re-syndicate blog posts and you can comment and discuss them, you can also have your own blog type space.
Then there are services like Pluck Insite that will add a citizen blog module to your website…I really think the idea of a site mixing the traditional and citizen journalism approach is a surer bet (but this isn’t always the choice), and Pluck Insite allows this to happen…see more (scroll to end).
Then there is PegasusNews which I quite haven’t worked out yet…they seem to be similar to the concept of Backfence, both in a way are like CitySearch, but CitySearch is focused, whereas PegasusNews and the like are a trying to do everything. Although, PegasusNews and others are focused in the way that they are purposed for, a local community, whereas CitySearch is city based.
Here are some links to news 2.0 sites and some comparisons:
The Emergence of News 2.0
2.0 News or not 2.0 News (the difference between news aggregators, social news, and citizen journalism)
Is Ad Revenue Sharing the Future of Publishing?…graph.
Lastly check out, Feature lists for News 2.0
Here’s is my brief comparison:
See more here.
The distributed newsroom
News 2.0 is not Journalism
Topix defines News 2.0
Anybody Can Be TV: How P2P Home Video will Challenge The Network News
Publish Video Messages Online From Your Smartphone
Scoopt (Finally) Sells More Citizen Photos
Humans make recommendation engines work
Phone Blogging is on now!