Welcome to the Watchdog City Newsroom.
As a friend of ours likes to say, "There's nothing like the juice of the newsroom." Newsrooms churn with noise and egos. Reporters and photojournalists clamor for a piece of 1A, for the top of the 6 o'clock, for headlines that make history or land with a thud at City Hall. Beats are poached. Brawls break out.
Newsrooms hold fat rolodexes and the wisdom of people who've witnessed human triumph and tragedy. And they hold watchdogs - people who care about defending the public's right to know and holding power accountable.
At Watchdog CityTM, our newsroom is a place for learning, collaboration and mentoring. It's a work in progress, and we hope to build it and make it more interactive over time. Here we hope journalists with various talents can connect with each other, make arrangements to collaborate on projects and learn how to get the most out of the Watchdog City marketplace.
Bloggers, too, can use the newsroom for collaboration and for learning how to use the marketplace. News consumers may also visit the newsroom to view tutorials that apply to them.
► Investigative Reporters and Editors
► The Poynter Institute
► Poynter's Journalism Links Page
► The Society of Professional Journalists
► International Federation of Journalists
► The Journalist's Toolbox
► Power Reporting
►The Mayborn Conference
How to list a story in the Watchdog City marketplace - This tutorial will walk you through the steps to successfully load content to sell in the Watchdog City marketplace.
How to search for and buy journalism and blogging content - This is a guide to the search and advanced search functions on Watchdog City as well as a quick tutorial on how to buy and rate content.
How to list an event to the Watchdog City Calendar -The Watchdog City calendar, called The Day Book, is an easy to use nationwide database of events. It is free to search for anyone visiting the site. Listing an event costs 99 cents, but events may be posted up to a year in advance.
How to rate content posted on Watchdog City - The readers, viewers and listeners who buy content from Watchdog CityTM Journalists and Bloggers have an opportunity to rate the work based a different set of criteria for each. This tutorial guides you through this simple process.
The Newsroom Watercooler
The Newsroom Watercooler is still under construction, but it is an online gathering place where writers, editors, graphic artists, photographers, videographers, producers and sound people can meet for collaboration. Until it is open, we are building a Talent Directory database. If you would like to be included in this publicly accessible directory, please send your name, location, talent (writing, editing, photography, videography, sound recording) and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.