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Chris Vallance | 13:05 UK time, Monday, 4 December 2006

Hollywood (well Los Angeles) is going Citizen Media with the launch of a new "citizen journalism" powered online newspaper Broowaha. I'm not sure why you'd want to recreate the newspaper format on the web just as newspapers are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to make the web work for them; but it's a an interesting idea. Having lived in LA for a bit, there's certainly space for more competition to The Times. One thought provoking feature of the new site: users rate articles and the ratings determine the prominence given to subsequent pieces by the author. I wonder if the same process were applied to British newspapers how the format would change. A cynic might predict page3 and Sudoku dominating the front page, more seriously I wonder whether columnists or regular "beat" reporters would fare better under this system. All to be revealed as Broowaha finds its feet over the coming months. I'll be following it with interest.


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