The Wisdom of the Crowd Resides in How the Crowd Is Used

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p47
The article examines citizen journalism and its use by traditional mass media and online journalism outlets. The possibility of harnessing the resources of many individuals to produce journalism to supplement the reporting of traditional journalists moved from theory to practice in the 2000s. The start-up period saw many reverses, as the first attempts to make citizen journalism an ongoing enterprise met unanticipated problems with organizing and managing large numbers of volunteer participants. Two examples are provided of citizen journalism which surmounted those difficulties, a regular feature called "Get Published," which provides local news to the "Cincinnati Enquirer" newspaper, and the "Off the Bus" feature of the Web site The Huffington Post, which offered coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.


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