In a somewhat groundbreaking move and I believe a very surprising move the Washington Times has announced that beginning today, they will start to devote one full page of their print edition to "news stories reported and written by average citizens in local communities."
Each day the paper will focus on six communities within the Washington DC metropolitan area and have average citizens write and report stories on specific topics assigned to each day of the week.
Everyone who writes for the paper will still be subject to the rules of reporting and newswriting as well as the paper's governing ethics code.
I think this is a very interesting and bold move by the Washinton Times. It is taking the idea of the community based newspapers to a whole another level.
I hope this works out well for the Washington Times. Perhaps this is a new idea and other newspapers across the country will start to do something similar.