The Idea… And it’s going to get harder still. The hunter-gather model of journalism is no longer sufficient. Citizens can do their own hunting and gathering on the internet. What they need is somebody to add value to that information by processing it – digesting it, organizing it, making it usable. Phil Meyer
Citizen Journalism By the late 1990s critics were calling press arrogant, elitist and unresponsive to the public. Journalists discovered that the power of the people can help them jump start the process of finding sources, experts and new angles and provide instant feedbak.
Crowdsourcing Boston newspaper “Publik” – clean last page. Britannica VS Wikipedia Microsoft VS Firefox (Mozilla Foundation)
Our readers know more than us Structure the task Make it easy and understandable Use the best tools
How to Generate idea for information needed Create a form Collect the story information Do you need to confirm anything? Map coverage Write an analytic post explaining what its all about
Open-source reporting To go public with your story idea early in the reporting process. Disclosure invites readers to help you report the story. Welcome the audience’s feedback. It will increate your credibility – they are following each of your steps. People see how the process works.
How to make it work? There must be a drive of investigation. Momentum – feedback that keeps people from being discouraged. Expertise and diversity
Types1. Mechanical – many people doing the same job2. The wisdom of crowd – diversity
Beatblogging Build a social network around traditional reporting beat, either with a blog or a free platform, like google group – bring the stakeholder on that beat together. Link – to source or documents
Pro-AM Journalism Do-it-yourself Movement OffTheBus (OTB) was a citizen-powered campaign news site co-sponsored by The Huffington Post – on- the-ground-information http://www.nowpublic.com/ link to AP