Geoff Dougherty

by Geoff Dougherty

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been interviewing candidates for an associate editor’s position at the Daily News. Several things about that process convinced me that the tide has turned, both for our organization and for online news: I’ve been explicit with our candidates about the risks involved. We’re a start-up, and it’s possible that […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

A lot of the interest in citizen journalism over the past few years has been related to economics. Sign up a bunch of users on your site, get them to write stuff, sell ads along side the free content, retire early. While some content that comes in this way is impeccably written and delightfully newsworthy, […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

When Toyota first began to rise to prominence in this country, the company’s cars were known as cheap, plasticky, not-to-be trusted imports. Now Toyota is on pace to unseat GM as the world’s auto sales leader, and is regarded as one of the most innovative companies around. A New Yorker article by James Surowiecki gives […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

Sometimes I wonder exactly what we’re offering our citizen journalists in return for their hard work. We don’t pay them. Reporting can be challenging and time-consuming, and sometimes it’s not nearly as exciting as the movies make it out to be. On the other hand, last week I was able to introduce a citizen journalists […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

I wrote a long-ish piece that’s up over at poynter.org about how we organize and manage our crew of three dozen citizen journalists. We’ve had to take some unexpected detours into CRM software, etc., to make sure people and stories don’t fall through the cracks, but it seems to be working fairly well. more »

by Geoff Dougherty

One of the biggest challenges of building ChiTownDailyNews.org has been running the business side of things — fundraising, ad sales, etc — while also trying to build a network of volunteer community journalists, edit their stories, manage our bloggers and beat reporters. As of this week, we’re looking to break those tasks into two separate […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

What with the nonstop drumbeat of presidential campaign news these days, it’s easy to forget that we’ve actually got some other elections coming up. On Feb. 5, primary voters in Chicago will cast ballots for ward committee leaders, the county’s chief prosecutor and a slew of other positions. From my point of view this is […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

Today we’re unveiling some site features on ChiTownDailyNews.org that represent, in my humble opinion, a huge step forward in the way people and content are connected on the internet. The features are focused on what’s become known as geotargeting, and they’re things that you won’t find on any other website. Basically, we’re making it easy […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

I’ve been ignoring Facebook for as long as I can. And most other social networking applications, too. I already get several dozen e-mails a day. Add to that a dozen or so phone calls, voice mails and letters, and I begin feeling like I need to be less networked, not more. But I finally sat […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

When I first began thinking of launching a website that published the work of citizen journalists, one of the most alluring potential benefits was the idea of putting more eyes on the street. If we ran a typical local news operation that had a dozen reporters or so, we’d have a dozen people out and […] more »