The Digital Journal category is a service channel designed to stimulate discussion and debate amongst the Citizen Journalists on DigitalJournal.com. We created the category so ideas can be shared, improvements and suggestions can be made and so that the community can engage with one another.
We fully support and encourage contribution into this category but with a focus on news, Digital Journal has decided to not include this category for payment.
As of September 1, 2007, any contribution to this category will be done on a Citizen Journalist's own free will -- he or she will not be financially compensated for contribution in this category.
We have had quite a bit of feedback from users outside of the registered membership here who believe the community discussions should not hit the front page as they are not news for a general audience, and that we should not be paying for contributions to that category because it's almost guaranteed they will get a large number of upvotes.
Many other registered members have also shared concerns that the moneypot should not go to fund community discussion as it takes away from payments that go to those who cover news and get trumped by a community debate.
We fully encourage the participation in this channel, and we as DJ Staff will continue to publish in this category as well. The community is one of our favourite parts of this site and we look forward to reading and hearing more feedback from you about the improvements you would like to see implemented. To stay up-to-date on community news and the behind-the-scenes happenings of the site, simply click on the "Digital Journal" category on the menu at the top of the page. The DJ category will not show on the "Top News" tab effective immediately, but you will still see it in "Latest."
Thank you to everyone who continues to give us feedback and help us to improve DigitalJournal.com.