Steve Outing points out that news organizations need to stop creating their own platforms for people to upload news. Instead, they should be looking to other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to incorporate citizen journalism.
I argued this approach at one of my previous positions because why should we reinvent the wheel? Plus people already use those Web sites. Why not try to capture some of the amazing numbers that already use Facebook?
A different way to pay for the news you want
The New York Times takes a look at “community-funded journalism” and Spot Us in San Francisco. The idea is that regular people propose story ideas, and the crowd of supporters pay for the project to be completed.
As much of a citizen journalism supporter that I am, I am a bit more skeptical about “community-funded journalism.” Journalist, even citizen journalists, learn very quickly what sources they can and cannot trust on a subject. Someone may call me and tell me there is a vast injustice being performed. But this same person may have called me the week before with his issue of concern that week. Maybe he bases things on conspiracy theories and jumping to conclusions.
But we can’t see those things behind crowd-funded journalism stories.
I hope it does work so the public can get the stories it wants published out there. There are far too many times mainstream journalists ignore stories proposed to them by readers. I’ve been guilty of it just as much as anyone else.