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What is citizen journalism?

"When the people formally known as the audience employee the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another, that's citizen journalism."

- Jay Rosen, NYU Professor

Why is it important?

In Park City we are lucky to have two good, traditional media sources serving our area: KPCW and The Park Record. However, they are not always able or willing to convey all relevant information affecting our community. That's where we citizens have the opportunity to fill in the holes, provide another perspective, and do our own research. We have the ability (and perhaps the responsibility) to report on our community in a way that traditional media cannot.

How do I start?

It's a lot easier than you think. We created Park Rag to provide a simple, easy to use place where people could post information they think will benefit others in the community. Perhaps more importantly, it's a single place for people to go in order to keep up and get more invested in Park City and surrounding areas.

For each story you provide a title and then can either link to the source (like The Park Record, a YouTube video, etc.), you can type up your own story, and you can even upload a photo. It's as easy as that.

What types of stories are good?

That's completely up to you and that's really the point. Perhaps you don't think a tree should be cut down on Highway 224. Maybe you go to every Park City Planning meeting and want to tell people about important events. Maybe you think your cat is the cutest thing in the world and everyone should see a picture of her. It's all about what you think is important, funny, interesting -- and above all -- what strengthens our community.

Any advice?

The events of the past few years, such as the Arab Spring, have strengthened the Citizen Journalist movement. Therefore, go forward with confidence. There is more information than ever about how to get started: