We are happy to announce a new feature to our site, a forum we are calling Citizen Reports. This newest extension of The Dagger aims to bring more relevant news, information and discussion to you by opening up the reporting to those who are most interested and impacted directly by the issues – you.
The future of journalism is on the Internet and will involve the integration of multimedia elements (words, photographs, audio and video), reported and relayed in real time around the clock – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
New Journalism will also rely heavily on the participation of citizen reporters. These are the everyday men and women who are armed with cameras, cell phones and laptops, but more importantly their eyes and ears and minds, as they go about their daily lives. Turn on the television news any night of the week and look at how many of the pictures and videos are taken by passing observers. These are the new journalists. Unpaid citizens volunteering to pass on information relevant to themselves and their neighbors.
This is by no means an attempt to stifle discussion of our stories on The Dagger. Please continue to comment and opine on those stories. This is a venue for discussion of issues and topics that may have gone unmentioned or unreported on The Dagger.
Through Citizen Reports, The Dagger offers the opportunity for you to pass along information, report news, ask questions and initiate discussion on any topic at any time with little interference or guidance. We trust you will find your voice, recognize what is important and help us continue our pursuit of ‘local news with an edge.’
Deep down, you will find, we are all Daggers.