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  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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June 04, 2008


Sean Tubbs

I'd be curious to get your thoughts on Charlottesville Tomorrow. We're a non-profit group that has quickly become a trusted source for news and information on land use, transportation and other growth-related issues in our community.

I don't know if we have a magic bullet, but in three years we've changed the way in which other media groups in the area cover these issues. We're providing a public service, and developing partnerships with other media outlets.

I'd write more, but I'm one of a two-person staff and must return to taking notes at a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mark Potts

Charlottesville Tomorrow looks like an interesting and passionate site, but it seems very low on audience engagement. There are very few comments on the posts or blogs. This underscores my point about the critical importance of getting the word out--you've got to get the audience involved so that they're commenting and adding content themselves. It has to be more than a one-way conversation.

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