infonews.co.nz is a nation-wide local news website for New Zealand which allows any member of the community to publish news, photos and events.
The site is segmented into region, city and topic home pages, which contain a range of local and niche information and news.
Contributions to infonews.co.nz come from individuals, businesses, organisations and clubs throughout New Zealand. It is free to join and any member can publish content.
Content on infonews.co.nz is displayed with the most recently published content at the top. The top stories are ranked on the number of views each article gets. The aim is to let the readers decide what the top stories are.
Fraser Mills and Peter Hodge, both graduates from the Peter Arnett School of Journalism at the Southern Institute of Technology, founded infonews.co.nz in 2006 as a Citizen Journalism site in an effort to offer a different format where all users have access to unabridged real-time news as it occurs in their communities.
AKA "grassroots journalism." The collecting and publication of timely, unique, nonfiction information by individuals without formal journalism training or professional affiliation. Examples include the publication of cell phone photos from a breaking news scene, blog reports covering local government meetings and discussion forums reporting results from international competitions.