It’s only right that Gannett should be the one to step into the future by 1) re-thinking the newsroom and 2) bringing citizens into the process. After all, it was Gannett that played a big role in damaging print journalism with the introduction of USA Today–the paper that convinced print it should be like TV. Perhaps this new “crowdsourcing” project will make up for that.
From the article in Wired:
The initiative emphasizes four goals: Prioritize local news over national news; publish more user-generated content; become 24-7 news operations, in which the newspapers do less and the websites do much more; and finally, use crowdsourcing methods to put readers to work as watchdogs, whistle-blowers and researchers in large, investigative features.
I like the sound of that. Now, what needs to happen is a re-thinking of the appliances that citizens will use to “read” and produce journalism. I’m thinking the computer and the home theater need to become a single appliance.