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Howdy Folks. This is the first of many ongoing 'official' City2 news posts (pertaining to City2). We'll probably also sprinkle in some more 'fun' stuff, like links to great articles, pictures, videos etc..
For our first installment, we were invited to have a conversation about the roles of 'new' and 'old' media on the Santa Barbara Independent's radio show (Poodle Radio) hosted by Matt Kettmann. I was joined by my good friend (and occasional City2 consultant) Ryan Gantz as we talked with Matt for the better part of an hour about the evolution of advertising models, principles of citizen journalism, and the ever-changing role of citizen media in local communities.
The 'on air' conversation had it's genesis in an email dialogue between myself and Matt a while back about the Indy 'featuring' or 'not featuring' City2 in the paper, because, from the Indy's perspective, City2 is a potential competitor. Those of us who have been working on City2 feel that we (as part of a larger 'citizen media/community' effort) feel that 'Hard News and Citizen Media, are complimentary rather than competitive. City2 provides a platform for locals to have a voice, especially when discussing, sharing, and linking to more traditional investigative journalism, which is indispensable.
Instead of trying to re-capture the whole dialogue, I may post a little bit of that conversation in some future entries, but for now, this should be enough to chew on. Click here to listen to the Indy podcast!
A big thanks to Matt for his open mind, good tunes, and suggestion to get us talking openly on the air. This is also City2's first real 'press', so we are grateful to the Indy for the opportunity! We are looking forward to being a part of a broad discussion about the role of community in the local media.
Let us know what you think in the comments below, or in the forums.
More to come soon!
photo: Santa Barbara and some of it's bigger landmarks. The Granada Theatre, The Arlington Theatre, the Santa Barbara Mission, and St. Anthony's Seminary.