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Monday, January 3, 2011

Community Media Lab's lessons, goals highlights and insights

If you missed last week's Daily Freeman  Community Media Lab introductory meeting, here's the whole replay. And here are some highlights:





We've got a pretty nice idea of what to do, and those at the CML meeting (physically and in the cloud) seem to be game for it.

The short term plan is this:

* Help with traffic.

When a featured blogger has a new post, we're notified. If it's worthy it ("I ate burritos today" doesn't warrant a highlight), we'll put if atop the site under "Featured" for a limited amount of time, say, two hours.

* Develop a network with them and better communication.
The partnership we've envisioned involves bloggers hooking up with one another, to add value to their own sites. Guest hosting, cross promotion, the works.

* Guidance.
Using a blog or lessons and livestreams from postings within our parent company, Journal Register, we want to help bloggers improve their skills through cloud training. We could theoretically host a meeting while the session is going on and brainstorm new ideas after that.

* Rewards. 
 Print the best highlights in the newspaper.

That's pretty much it — for now. We'll grow as time and resources allow.

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