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February 12, 2009


David Cohn

Just for the record - my response to the LA Times article on Spot.Us.


As noted in the article: I remain cautiously optimistic. I don't think it's a silver bullet - but I do have every reason to continue to see how much further I can take this.


Great point about Wikipedia. To people who still knock them, I say "Of course it's not perfect, but it gets more comprehensive, accurate & better-sourced every single day"

Matt Cohen

@Tex Not only is the coverage on Wikipedia of major news events excellent, it starts from the beginning and gives you the background in detail. A typical news story only gives you latest, and leaves you struggling if you don't know the history. It's getting to be my first stop for "read more" reading.

Mark Briggs

Also check out Newsgarden at The Bellingham Herald, which is built on a social news mapping platform we're developing at Serra Media (end shameless promotion).


Our vision is that combining professional journalism and user-submitted information in the same place online, then organizing it geographically, can build micromarkets for local news publishers, be they traditional newspapers or independent journalism start-ups.

Daryl Pereira

Does anyone have any examples of crowd-sourced journalism around non-profits (particularly in healthcare)?

Mark Potts

Daryl: That's a good question, and crowdsourcing examples on any subject are conspicuously absent from my list because I haven't seen any really good ones lately. The classic example is the Fort Myers News-Press' crowdsourced investigation of local sewer fees (http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=CAPEWATER), but that's three years old now. Anybody got any others?

rb cason

Mark: You produce great work. Informative and interesting.


You should check out World Politics Review (http://www.worldpoliticsreivew.com)as well. We're a small start up that has built a low-cost model that allows us to more aggressively provide premium foreign policy analysis and opinion.

Dwayne "football picks" Bryant

Great post. I agree with what you said about Wikipedia. It really is a great source of breaking news coverage.

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