April 11, 2010 - 7:45 PM
This week was my first week as an intern for www.myeugene.org. For those of you who live in Eugene, it is a great resource for what is going on in the community. MyEugene prides itself on being an independent, non-political, community news source. It is a website that is taking advantage of a new emerging trend in media news-citizen journalism. This form of journalism where everyday citizens and community members report the news to each other is going to change the way you and I get our news. Think back to the last news story you heard about-where did you hear this story? Was it on the TV news station? Maybe. But most likely it was a story your friend told you. Or maybe it was a story that your friend read and emailed to you. Or once more, maybe it was a story your friend posted on Facebook or Tweeted to you. Ten years ago, people still heavily depended on the newspapers for their news. Now most newspapers across the country are in fear of being shut down. It is amazing to see how the internet has so quickly changed the way we communicate with each other!
Long story short, I am very excited to be working with this organization. It is a small, non-profit organization run by a few hard-working staff members. I am one of six interns, and together we will all be working to develop a public relations plan and to put on a large event to celebrate the launch of MyEugene. I personally am assigned as event manager, and will be responsible for the research, planning, and execution of this event. I will also be designing and executing a survey for MyEugene to collect basic demographic information on their loyal readers. Overall, it is going to be a great term for MyEugene and my fellow interns and I, but I am excited to have to opportunity to contribute and help!