The news aggregator Topix is now syndicating out web postings not only from its wide collection of news sources from the mainstream media, but also from a selected collection of weblogs. Vacuum is one of the blogs it picked up, and I'm starting to see a handful of hits every day whenever I write about something particularly germane to one of the topics they cover or when I write something about a particular city.
The Ann Arbor News page on Topix has a curious mix of press release clippings, news stories, sports stories, and a few blog postings sprinkled in for levity. They don't do anywhere near as good a job, as say Memeorandum does for tech or US politics, for capturing the zeitgeist of what is going on in town, but that might just be because their news sources are thin and not very interconnected.
The only way to really get a sense of citizen journalism is to have a lot denser set of connections in the blog and newspaper world. Here in Ann Arbor the primary online political force is the email list, with the largest list (the Sierra Club) claiming thousands of subscribers, and with a host of smaller neighborhood lists keeping people informed about local stuff.