Citizen journalism. Let the sun shine in.

The Sunlight Foundation is an Internet-based watchdog coalition of bloggers, journalists and interested citizens aimed at monitoring the U.S. Congress.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Sunlight Foundation is to use the transformative power of the Internet and new information technology to enable citizens to learn more about what Congress and their elected representatives are doing, and thus help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparence and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy. Opinions expressed on this site are not necessarily those of the Sunlight Foundation, and nothing should be understood as such or otherwise attributed to the Foundation. The Sunlight Foundation does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

Visit the Sunlight Foundation website and read more about their efforts from MetaFilter and more about “citizen journalism” from WNM and from the Whats New Media Wiki.

Plus, Politics, technology, and doubt by association from ZDNet and an example of a government-checking video from YouTube.

Update: Citizen journalism by email ‘gossip’: Fourth estate? from ZDNet

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2 Comments

Filed under A democratic medium?, Blogosphere, The Politics of New Media, User generated content

2 responses to “Citizen journalism. Let the sun shine in.

  1. mmm, this looks so interesting. i’ll keep an eye on this.

  2. Pingback: “YouTube effect” outpaces “CNN effect” « What’s New Media?

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