The launch event for the citizen journalism web site, we-town.com, was held at Conewago Coffee on Market Street in Etown on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 6 p.m.
Several students showed up for the event. They were given cards promoting the we-town site to give to other students they knew. Cards were also handed out to many community members. They were told about the site and encouraged to register and post stories.
Citizen journalism is a form of community storytelling, it has been defined in academic circles, by Bowman and Willis, as ordinary citizens who don’t have any formal journalism training posting stories to sites.
Launching a CJ site is a grassroots effort…so spread the word!
Dr. Johnson assists two E-town students at the launch event at Conewago Coffee as they register for an account.
Becca Berner, representing the Etownian, interviews Lauren McCracken, organizer of the We-Town launch event.
If you have stumbled onto this site by accident…or are visiting it because you’ve heard about it via word of mouth, we invite you to our we-town.com launch party tonight (Friday, April 11) at Conewago Coffee in Elizabethtown. Here’s a link to their site http://www.cygnetstudios.com/ConewagoCoffee/index.htm
We’ll get you registered on the site and show you how to post your stories.
We are very excited about this project, and hope to see you there!
Karen Hodges, who works coordinating campus events, spends much of her time reorganizing towns damaged by natural disasters. She has taken many trips with Elizabethtown College students including helping those who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Listen as Hodges speaks about her experiences.