Help wanted:"Citizen Journalists"

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(Revised 8/15/05)

PageheadercontextPegasus News
depends on contributions from its readers. Although
our staff of professional journalists will cover traditional news stories, we
know that our readers usually “know more than we do” and may want to share
their expertise with the entire community. Therefore, we would like to give our
readers a voice by allowing them to participate as “citizen journalists” who will
submit stories, columns, audio and video on subjects about which they are most
passionate.

Because Pegasus News will not be constrained by print space limitations, we
have the ability to write about niche topics that traditional media may not
cover. For example, parents will be able
to receive stories and pictures from their kids’ youth sports leagues, and
local jazz aficionados will receive regular articles about the local jazz
scene. As a result, citizen journalists
should write for an audience comprised of readers with a strong interest in a
given topic. In other words, we are not seeking “surface level” articles
written for a general audience. If you
write about SMU football, we want in-depth analysis of gameplans and depth
charts. If you write about the Frisco city council, we want detailed
descriptions and analysis of the meetings.

If you are interested in writing,
please submit to citizens@pegasusnews.com
a writing sample, a description of the subject area you would like to write
about, and a brief explanation as to why you are qualified to write about the
topic. It is perfectly acceptable to say that even though you are an insurance
adjuster, your true passion is rugby. It is also acceptable to write about
topics in which you have a personal stake, such as politics or your industry,
so long as that is clearly disclosed in the items submitted. Our readers will
be able to comment on any Pegasus News
story, so it is in all of our writers’ best interests to be open about their
intentions rather than have a reader point out any hidden agendas. 

Although we will gladly accept
citizen journalist articles on any family-safe topic, in the continuation is a list of
topics in which we particularly desire contributions from our readers. Please
note that we are most interested in things that are inherently local, and those
items will be displayed most prominently on our site.

ART AND MUSIC

All genres of music, including
coverage of local and non-local artists, trends, and reviews of concerts and
albums.

All local symphony orchestras and
classical music ensembles, including professional, high school, middle school
and elementary school orchestras. 

Theater and musicals, including
coverage of high school, middle school and elementary school productions. 

Art and sculpture, including the
Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center,
and all other local galleries and exhibits.

All local ballet, dance, opera,
choir and chorale, including high school, middle school and elementary school
productions. 

Film.

Photography. 

Any other high school, middle
school and elementary school art and music productions not listed above. 

Any other art and music topics
not listed above. 

BUSINESS

All industries, including venture capital; banking and
lending; telecommunications; software; computer hardware and gadgets; the
internet; internet connectivity and broadband; hotels; restaurants and bars;
conventions; airlines; airports; sports business; health care and
pharmaceuticals; media of all types; commercial and residential real estate;
cars; car dealers; law, accounting and consulting firms; marketing, advertising
and public relations; aerospace and defense; retail; oil and energy;
engineering; industrial manufacturing; insurance companies; and non-profit
organizations. 

Personal finance advice and information, including
taxes, investing and borrowing. 

Stock market analysis. 

Analysis of the economy from macro and micro
perspectives. 

Reviews of business books. 

Organization-specific news and announcements. 

Any other business topics not listed above. 

GENERAL
INTEREST

Recipes and cooking – all topics. 

Home and garden – all topics. 

Religion and individual religions – all topics. 

Pets – all topics. 

Radio, television and other media
– all topics. 

Kids, seniors and families – all
topics. 

Science – all topics. 

Travel – all topics. 

Fashion – all topics. 

Architecture – all topics. 

Books – all topics. 

Video games – all topics. 

Computers – all topics. 

Cars – all topics. 

Health and exercise – all topics. 

Shopping – all topics. 

Horoscopes. 

Advice columns.

Humor columns.

Any other general interest topic
not listed above.

LOCAL, STATE,
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND EVENTS

Coverage of neighborhood association and community
group meetings throughout the area. 

Opinion pieces with respect to local, state, national
and international issues and events. 

Issues pertaining to specific
ethnic groups. 

Issues pertaining to specific
religious groups. 

Gay and lesbian issues. 

POLITICS AND
GOVERNMENT

All area county government, city councils and political
bodies, including the County Commissioner’s Court.

 

The Texas legislature
and Texas state government.

 

The local congressional
delegation and national politics. 

All local elections, including
all area mayoral, city council, Texas legislature and congressional races.

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

All area school boards. 

All area high schools, middle
schools and elementary schools. 

All area colleges. 

Sports

Football: 

NFL football – all topics, including the Cowboys, the
league as a whole, game and player analysis, fantasy football, draft analysis,
and pregame and postgame analysis from a point-spread perspective.

Arena football – all topics, including the Desperados. 

College football – all topics, including all schools,
all conferences, game and player analysis, recruiting, and pregame and postgame
analysis from a point-spread perspective. 

High school football – all
topics, including coverage of all local high schools. 

Club, youth and recreational
league football – coverage of all clubs and leagues. 

Basketball: 

NBA basketball – all topics, including the Mavericks,
the league as a whole, game and player analysis, fantasy basketball, and draft
analysis. 

WNBA basketball – all topics. 

Men’s college basketball – all
topics, including all schools, all conferences, game and player analysis, and
recruiting. 

Women’s college basketball – all
topics, including all schools, all conferences, game and player analysis, and
recruiting. 

Boys’ high school basketball –
all topics, including coverage of all local high schools. 

Girls’ high school basketball –
all topics, including coverage of all local high schools. 

Club, youth and recreational
league basketball – coverage of all clubs and leagues. 

Baseball: 

MLB baseball – all topics,
including the Rangers, the league as a whole, game and player analysis,
fantasy/rotisserie baseball, and draft analysis. 

Minor league baseball – all
topics, including the Roughriders, all minor leagues and levels, and game and
player analysis. 

College baseball – all topics,
including all schools, all conferences, game and player analysis, and
recruiting. 

High school baseball – all
topics, including coverage of all local high schools. 

Club, youth and recreational
league baseball – coverage of all clubs and leagues. 

Hockey: 

NHL hockey – all topics,
including the Stars, the league as a whole, game and player analysis, fantasy
hockey, and draft analysis. 

Minor league hockey – all topics,
including all minor leagues and levels, and game and player analysis. 

College hockey – all topics,
including all schools, all conferences, game and player analysis, and
recruiting. 

High school hockey – all topics,
including coverage of all local high schools. 

Club, youth and recreational
league hockey – coverage of all clubs and leagues. 

Soccer: 

All soccer topics for both
genders, including U.S. national teams, MLS soccer (including FC Dallas),
professional women’s soccer, foreign leagues, indoor soccer, the Dallas Cup,
college soccer, high school soccer, and club, youth and recreational leagues. 

Golf: 

All golf topics for both genders,
including all professional tours, college golf, high school golf, club, youth
and recreational golf, and course and equipment analysis. 

Tennis: 

All tennis topics for both
genders, including all professional tours, college tennis, high school tennis,
club, youth and recreational tennis, and equipment analysis. 

Auto Racing: 

All auto racing topics, including
NASCAR, IRL, other professional circuits, and drag racing. 

Horse Racing:

All horse racing topics, including
Lone Star Park,
national races, and handicapping analysis.

 

Lacrosse: 

All lacrosse topics for both genders, including
professional leagues, college lacrosse, high school lacrosse, and club, youth
and recreational lacrosse.

Softball:

All softball topics for both
genders, including college softball, high school softball, and club, youth and
recreational softball. 

Wrestling: 

All wrestling topics, including
professional, college, high school, and youth wrestling. 

Boxing: 

All boxing topics, including professional,
amateur and youth boxing. 

Figure skating:

All figure skating topics, including professional,
amateur and youth figure skating. 

Gymnastics: 

All gymnastics topics, including
amateur, college and youth gymnastics. 

Track and Field: 

All track and field topics,
including professional, college, high school, and youth track and field. 

Running: 

All running topics, including professional, college,
and high school running, and club, youth and recreational running. 

Swimming and Diving: 

All swimming and diving topics,
including amateur, college, high school, club and youth swimming. 

Volleyball: 

All volleyball topics, including
professional beach volleyball, college and high school volleyball, and club,
youth and recreational volleyball. 

Bowling: 

All bowling topics, including professional, college,
high school, and recreational bowling leagues. 

Other Topics: 

All fantasy sports not listed
above. 

Television and radio broadcast
analysis. 

Other sports, including cycling,
weightlifting, water polo, field hockey, fencing, crew, rodeo, martial arts,
hunting and fishing, poker, cheerleading, skiing, wheelchair sports, extreme
sports, rugby, cricket, polo, chess, equestrian, table tennis, ultimate
frisbee, and badminton. 

Any other sports or sports-related
topics not listed above.

 

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.