For the next two months, Baltimore magazine will be participating in a democratic media experiment designed to help people find and promote good local journalism.
NewsTrust, a national non-profit that helps people share and promote good journalism from various news sources, has just today launched NewsTrust Baltimore, it's first ever local site. At the site, users can post stories about Baltimore they want to share with others, and also read, rate, and comment on stories that others have posted. The best stories will be promoted to the top of the home page. Several local news organizations, including Baltimore magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and WYPR have agreed to partner with Newstrust to promote the experiment. In addition, several local high schools and colleges will be using the site as a teaching tool to learn about journalism.
We're really excited to excited to be involved in this project, which is supported by a grant from the Baltimore-based Open Society Institute. Sign up at the site (it's free), start exploring, and stay tuned for more information.