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New media pioneers say give the public what it wants — information

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Pioneers in new media have some advice for real estate professionals coping with change: Use, don't fear, the public's voracious appetite for information acquired and shared over the Internet. In some ways, journalists and real estate professionals are in the same boat because they have been accustomed to controlling the flow of information the public wants access to, said panelists who discussed "Citizen Journalism" Wednesday at Inman News' Real Estate Connect conference. Technology and the Internet have traditional newspapers, radio and television stations scrambling to reinvent themselves, said Paul Grabowicz, assistant dean and director of the new media program at the University of California, Berkeley. Grabowicz defines citizen journalism as "people telling their own stories, and communities covering themselves." That includes not only bloggers, but "small (Web) sites popping up where (traditional) media is doing a bad job or not covering them at all." These loca...