MSNBC Deploys Citizen Journalists in Quake’s Wake

    March 28, 2005
  has launched a special earthquake eyewitness weblog written by readers that bolsters its coverage of the massive quake that struck Indonesia today with on-the-ground reports.

They also have an entire section of their site for citizen journalism.



Earthquake witness Weblog: readers report on Asia quake

A large earthquake hit Monday off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island (full story). asked readers in the region to share what they felt and witnessed. Here are some of their reports.

Fears in Banda Aceh | 2:42 pm ET
Awoke to a large amount of shaking and rumbling then the electricity went off. I went outside and saw people talking and beginning to gather family, friends, clothes and food for an evacuation. People are very afraid of the potential of another tsunami.
— Dr. Arthur D Oates, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

SMS network not working | 2:35 PM ET
I was sitting on the sofa watching TV. Then came in my dad, he sat on the sofa next to mine. I wanted to get a drink so I got up. Suddenly, my dad shouted out to me, “The chair is shaking! Earthquake!?!”

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Steve Rubel is a PR strategist with nearly 16 years of public relations, marketing, journalism and communications experience. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Edelman, the largest independent global PR firm.

He authors the Micro Persuasion weblog, which tracks how blogs and participatory journalism are changing the public relations practice.