Crowd Powered Collaboration

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Journalism as a whole has changed tremendously. The traditional journalists working for a news organization is not your only type of journalists in today’s society. What is a journalist? This broad question can be answered with many different answers due to the simple fact that anyone can be a journalist now days. With the digital content and the help of the Internet journalism has turned into a powerful collaborative effort.

As journalism becomes a saturated market it is becoming tougher and tougher for journalists to do all of the work themselves. Engaging communities and individuals over the Internet is what makes blogs, journalists, and reporters more intriguing. With the help of the community, journalists can write stories from angles they could not have saw without the help of the people who relayed the information to the reporter. John Cook, co-founder of GeekWire and a former newspaper reporter said, “I am a big believer that my readers are much smarter then me and have a better grasp of what’s going on, so why not leverage that wisdom to do a better job of reporting?”

There are three different methods that news organizations are using to involve their readers in their reports: crowdsourcing, open-source reporting, and pro-am journalism. Crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people from an online community. Open-source reporting uses transparency to in reporting in order to provide a benefit to your audience and possibly gain benefits from your readers. Pro-am journalism is the most uncontrolled collaborative method. This approach puts the reader in the position of the reporter. It allows the contributors to publish directly to the same platform, or Web site, that the professional journalists use to curate their news. This is known as user generated content. Crowd-powered collaboration is much more effective and interesting. Journalisms “professional” outlook is becoming less professional, but also more engaging as the digital world grows.

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