Brisbane Times launches second citizen journalism site

Brisbane Times has expanded its citizen journalism platform, MyBT, to the Gold Coast as part of plan to form a suite of grassroots news sites.

MyBT Gold Coast joins MyBT Toowoomba and allows readers to write stories, submit photos or sports results, share thoughts, respond to “weekly assignments” and promote community events through a calendar.

Content is moderated by journalists and opinion pieces are sourced from community groups, individuals and experts commissioned to provide insight and perspective on local issues.

Simon Holt, editor-in-chief of Brisbane Times, said MyBT was now in the hands of the community and those who enjoy it most would be those who get involved.

“MyBT Gold Coast provides for all levels of engagement, from the most complex issues, through to that pesky pothole which the council never seems to fix. The site is intended to be as parochial as it is insightful,” Mr Holt said.

“To get the ball rolling, we’ve asked some prominent commentators on the Gold Coast to share some of their stories and thoughts – some of them insightful, others thought-provoking – and we’ll continue to seek expert opinion which adds clarity to burning issues.”

Commentators on-board for the launch of MyBT Gold Coast include:

  • Mark Peters, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporationchief executive
  • Geoff Hogg, Star Entertainment Group managing director, Queensland
  • Bradley Bowden, Griffith University professor

Gold Coast readers account for more than a million page views on Brisbane Times each month.

Griffith University and Gold Coast Cabs are project partners in MyBT Gold Coast.

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