There was a lot of hype last year around Korea's Ohmynews service that let anyone write articles for it. While there have been some attempts to recreate it elsewhere, one of the most interesting is described in today's Wired News. Instead of just building a similar "citizen journalist" project from scratch, an already established newspaper in a small town in California has thrown open their website to local residents to publish their own articles or photos. The news covers typical local interest stories: school news, community news, youth sports, etc. There are editors on hand who review the submissions to make sure they're on topic. It's an experiment worth watching. While it's not likely such a system will replace existing journalists, it certainly is a way to enhance coverage. There are risks, of course, such as dealing with unsubstantiated or biased reporting in those cases, but as the article notes, it seems to work well in this type of community, where the focus really is on local events -- where many of those involved have a better handle on what's happening than a local reporter would.
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