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Citizen (Crowdsourced) Journalism
January 26, 2010 4:01 AM   Subscribe

Is there something you wish would be reported comprehensively by mainstream news media, even though they won't likely touch the topic? Try open-source reporting. From the 2006 experiment NewAssignment, professional journalists, non-profits seeking crowdfunding, and the Internet public have collaborated to do in-depth investigation and reportage of whatever people were interested in. Jay Rosen, founder of ExplainThis, the newest site in crowdsourced journalism, wants a way to answer questions that are too complicated for a Google search. Will these things deliver well-researched thoughtful analysis, or will they be no match for the Green?
posted by divabat (8 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Sounds really great, although the helpmeinvestigate.com link is inexplicably blocked by my usually-permissive workplace filter.
posted by DU at 5:48 AM on January 26, 2010


I don't want this to sound like a one-word "meh" comment, but that's what a lot of this stuff makes me think, and I honestly believe that goes to the heart of the matter. I read some of the early NewAssignment stuff and it was amazingly boring — a flatness of tone, especially, that is one of the major ways in which crowdsourced journalism doesn't come close to, say, a really good New Yorker piece by one specific person, filtered through their unique sensibility. That's partly why I think Jaron Lanier's book is important. While embracing the amazing potential of the hive mind, we're in danger of forgetting that it lacks a lot of the advantages of the individual mind.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 5:51 AM on January 26, 2010


filtered through their unique sensibility.

judith miller i rest my case
posted by DU at 5:55 AM on January 26, 2010


Question: How many cities or police departments use surveillance drones? How many are planning to?

Answer: 1st question : 12, 2nd question : 31 -- posted by anonymous


In-depth analysis.
posted by WPW at 6:44 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Welcome to the exciting new future where no one is paid except PR flacks, but it's okay because we have axegrinding kooks as well.
posted by Artw at 7:06 AM on January 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


"MSM!!!" "JUDITH MILLER!!!"
"JAYSON BLAIR!!!"

so fucking tiresome
posted by mr.marx at 8:04 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yes, the current news establishment where Judith Miller is the standard all journalists aspire to IS fucking tiresome.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:40 PM on January 26, 2010



Yes, the current news establishment where Judith Miller is the standard all journalists aspire to IS fucking tiresome
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cite please. Oh, I see: you're a troll.
posted by lalochezia at 1:08 PM on January 26, 2010


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