Mitch Ratcliffe, former head of content for ON24, has launched a new group Blog with a few friends called Correspondences.org. The goal, he explained to me, is to become the vastest local community news organization in the world. He wants content to be provided by the people for the people. "It's a civic journal.
Citizens talking about life."
Which means anyone can be a reporter in text, audio or video.
While he has grand visions of thousands of local "reporter-citizens" joining the non-paying staff, and someday dedicating entire sites just to local communities, he doesn't think this will make much money. "I'll be happy to break-even."
He is considering selling text-links, and lots of logo-ed t-shirts, hats, etc., to anyone who ever wanted to embrace the glamour of being a member of the press.