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VALLEYNEWS.COM SERVES AS POWERFUL TOOL.

Byline: -- Alejandro Guzman

I think the thing that most excites me about this new citizen journalism project is that the average person now has control of what will be considered news.

It makes so much sense.

Everyone knows there is way much more news than can be covered by media outlets. Important stories and events that affect our lives are happening every hour and sadly, no matter how important these events are to us, they'll probably be forgotten and go ignored.

We have developed a way for the average person to immortalize his or her life experiences and leave their mark on life.

Do yourself a favor. Set some time aside to read through your -- and I emphasize -- your newspaper. Find out what's affecting your family, friends and neighbors.

Share a wonderful experience with a young girl as she goes through a rite of passage in her quinceanera on page 7.

Find out what the community of Canoga Park is doing to honor great teachers on page 4. Stay posted on news from CSUN, the cultural and intellectual heart of the San Fernando Valley, as the school's reputation continues to grow on page 8.

One of the biggest advantages to this community paper for me has been discovering new things about my home, my community. As I read through Pam Vetter's story about adopting pets on page 14, I realized the need for more control of animal reproduction and the importance of spaying or neutering our pets.

But don't stop with simply reading about the news in your area. Register on valleynews.com and start contributing to the news happening around us. Remember, the best way of giving your clubs and organizations a voice is by posting stories and events yourself.
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Title Annotation:Valley News
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 12, 2006
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