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AOL, ABC Add Citizen Journalism to Bush Speech

The lead from a Reuters story:

Traditional and new media will join forces for a multipronged, interactive approach to covering Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

ABC and AOL News late last week began soliciting opinions on what ordinary citizens think about the state of the union via a poll, text messaging and even videos in a type of “citizen’s journalism” in which the citizens tell journalists — and their fellow citizens — what they think about the nation’s course.

The efforts will ramp up Tuesday night, when ABC News and AOL will carry President Bush’s speech (and the Democrats’ response) and offer the reactions of viewers and real-time bloggers beginning shortly after 9 p.m. ET, when Bush addresses the joint session of Congress.

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