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Welcome to iBrattleboro!

Welcome to iBrattleboro!
It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

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Feb 20, 2003 to Feb 6, 2013

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iBrattleboro Spring Request

Every once in a while we ask fans of the site to help cover the costs of keeping it going.

If you are in a position to do so and would like to help out, consider a gift to help offset some of the expenses of keeping this ship sailing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (for over a decade).

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Citizen Journalism Research Study Survey - Professor Asks For iBrattleboro Users Input

Kirsten A. Johnson, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the Department of Communications at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa, has a request. She's doing research about citizen journalism efforts around the country and would like your views as users and contributors to this site. The more responses she gets, the more accurate the results can be. We filled out our survey, and she followed up and asked us to invite you and share the link.

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Happy 11th Birthday, iBrattleboro

Happy Birthday everyone. iBrattleboro is now 11 years old That means we’re all heading toward our exciting teen years, but still retaining our youthful charm and innocence, right?

Lise and I are your guides and enablers, but the site remains yours. You decide what’s important, you write the stories, and you provide the commentary. There are no reporters or editors.

In 2003, the idea of using the world wide web for a local purpose was almost unheard of. News came from the TV set and from the newspaper or weekly news magazines. There were few blogs, no Facebook, no YouTube, nor Twitter. News outlets did not let you comment on stories other than by sending letters to the editor.

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Season's Greetings from iBrattleboro

Just a note to say Lise and I wish you all the best this holiday season.

Thanks for keeping Brattleboro interesting, and keeping your neighbors informed and entertained with news, stories, commentary, history, events, links, photos, and more.

Santa visits the animated calendar today... watch him touch down on Oak Street.

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iBrattleboro Christmas Calendar

Just a quick not to say how delightful it is to see the return of the iBrattleboro Christmas Calendar, one of my holiday tradtions for  several years now. I love the pictures of old Brattleboro, alhtough at first it took me awhile to realize that in Windows I could right click and zoom in for a more detailed view. I get such a kick out of the animations. It's a great way to start the season. Thank You.

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You Broke This Week's Poll

Somehow y'all broke this week's poll about where to put the skatepark. Our best guess is that the poor poll software couldn't keep up people changing their votes and write in options, but it is just a guess.

Before it blew up, the ranked, extremely-informal results were as follows:

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10 Years of Citizen Journalism - The Challenges

The Neiman Journalism Lab, a project of the Neiman Foundation at Harvard, asked us to write about the 10 biggest challenges we've faced over the last 10 years with iBrattleboro

If you missed it, PBS MediaShift asked for a similar story on some lessons learned a couple of months ago.

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Reminder: 10 Reasons to Login at iBrattleboro

For those who don’t already know this, extra features and bonus priviledges are given to those who log in to the new site. This list outlines some of the best reasons to register and log in.

1. Edit your stories, event listings, and comments. Need to make a correction? Event details change? Have an afterthought to a comment? Log in to be able to be your own editor.

2. Add Photo Fun Photos. There are more ways to contribute when you log in. Additional menu options and features become available to you. You can add Photo Fun photos.

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How To Format Links in Stories and Comments on iBrattleboro

Sooner or later, most people like to add links to their stories or comments. To make things easier for your readers it is helpful to learn to format your links.  This helps you avoid really long, ugly internet addresses in the middle of your great work.

Here’s how to format a link in a story or comment on iBrattleboro:

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10 Years of Citizen Journalism - Lessons Learned

Lise and I were asked to pen a story about the first 10 years of iBrattleboro, and lessons learned. It's up at PBS MediaShift:


10 Years Later: 10 Lessons Learned In Citizen Journalism at iBrattleboro

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