So theres Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr…etc. But what else?
Welcome to Craigslist.
Craigslist is a website that allows users from around the world to host discussions, date, find jobs, housing, as well as sell items. The website is designed for anyone and is a really helpful tool for the day to day person.
I would also argue that this tool is helpful to journalists.
Craiglist gives you (the user) the ability search your state for any of the categories seen above. It has been argued that Craiglist has replaced the daily newspaper, and in some ways I would agree.(Read:http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/media/internet/15500/)
So you must be thinking, how is this useful to journalism if it’s essentially killing the written industry? Well that’s a good point. However, craigslist isn’t the only platform to be doing something like this. Ebay, Facebook, Twitter, Dating sites, the internet…etc. You name it, with or without Craigslist, newspapers would be dying. So how do journalists work with this? I believe this is a great place to view what’s going on in the community. What are the discussions? Who’s searching for employees? Any events coming up? What are the issues?
From just scrolling quickly through the local news, I found something that pertains to my area, the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
This post is a story. Why do you feel it’s necessary to offer these classes? How has opiate addiction been brought to your attention? Have a lot of addicts attended?
In conclusion I believe craigslist is a useful tool for journalists to use. Craigslist is not a website news could publish on, such as other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It’s strictly a resource. But it’s important to be able to see the discussion going on the community and I believe this social media site is one way journalists could hear it.
Thanks for reading!