J-Lab Citizen Journalism Survey


Normally when I get an email requesting I participate in some survey I treat the message as spam, but this one intrigued me. So I registered and spent about 10 minutes completing it. Afterwards, I was redirected to the results page. J-Lab, or the The Institute for Interactive Journalism, is a center at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Perhaps some of the other Metroblogging authors would like to contribute to the dataset. It also occurred to me that many of our readers are also bloggers, aka “citizen journalists,” who post articles about local news and events.

In a related story, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and Director of the W3C, recently announced the formation of the Web Science Research Initiative, a joint project between MIT and the University of Southampton. The goal of the WSRI is not so much a technical one, rather “to both understand the growth of the Web and to create approaches that allow new powerful and more beneficial patterns to occur.”

This month, Netcraft announced the Web has passed 100 million sites, doubling in size since May, 2004. There is no way to know how many individual pages are out there, some estimates run into the billions. And most of them link somewhere else. That’s one hell of a network folks!

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