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What can a journalist do that provides high value to the news organization? What is the next tech skill that you can learn that will make you a "keeper" if there are more cutbacks? One answer to these questions is Data.
The Bay Area Newspaper Group has an interactive map on dangerous intersections for which users are generating the content, and there's quite a lot of it.
Here's the map.
And here's their story about it and how people are contributing to it.
The Palm Beach Post has a Backyard Post section that provides databases, map mashups, news and online discussions organized down to the neighborhood level.
A great combination of hyper-local with a variety of information sources (thanks to Technolo-j for the tip on this)