The City of Asheville and Buncombe County recently made a request for proposals in relation to a grant of $120,000 for community media development. The grant would be used to create a project which put the new media in the hands of local citizens, and was of benefit to the community from an educational, economic, industry and workforce development standpoint.
Ponderwell submitted a proposal which is dear to our hearts. We want to make an online news outlet that will allow the people who live here in Western North Carolina to share and talk about their community through writing, photography, and videography. While there are already sites which focus on the Asheville area, none are focused on creating an interface to actively promote quality citizen journalist reporting. Our system focuses heavily on building an engine for volunteer edited, peer reviewed news and commentary about our region, in order to create a community of both readers and volunteer publishers and editors that not only consume local news and events, but become part of reporting it. You can see our full proposal here:
We have had several requests over the last few days from community members interested in our proposal. We’ve already heard from some community leaders, and would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop us a comment below, telling us your thoughts.