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Cambridge Reporter Revisited

March 6th, 2010 by Colin Carmichael

It seems that my foray into community publishing in 2008 has garnered some interest on the Twitter… There is some confusion, understandably, about who was doing what when and under what when.

I may do an in-depth post sometime on the whole experience, but for now I’ll offer a simple timeline to clear the air:

(I’m doing this from memory, so I may revise these a bit after publishing)

June 2008: I launch it’s a community-driven site where anyone can submit stories and opinion. It’s intended to be more news than opinion – similar to but on a smaller scale.

October 2008: TorStar sends me a friendly email about how they still own the Reporter name and they’d appreciate it if I could stop using it. Important to note that in Sept 2008 TorStar did not own any of the relevant URLs, but in October, suddenly appeared with syndicated content from the K-W Record. Update: did a story about this here:

Later in October 2008: becomes

Spring 2009: The Cambridge Voice becomes The Cambridge Advocate under new ownership. (I’m totally drawing a blank on the timing here, so I’ll update after a little research)

There it is – my best recollection of the events surrounding my involvement with the Cambridge Reporter.

On the Twitter, there’s already talk about trying again to create a community-driven local news & opinion website. Stay tuned.

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One Response to “Cambridge Reporter Revisited”

  1. Alex MacLeod says:

    Hey Colin,
    This is a fascinating story. Kudos to you for simply giving up the name and reappearing under a heading at another address. I’d love to hear more about online citizen journalism. I’m sure there are differences in the way it would play out in Cambridge and how it might be relevant to my downtown Toronto setting. Definitely intriguing. I look forward to meeting you at GA.