Tag Archives: Citizen journalism


Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… about commenting on it, remembering it and making it accessible to the public.

A new beat for journalism

What makes Homicide Watch significant (aside from its motives, which are unquestionable) is what it might mean for journalism. Editor Laura Amico has described Homicide Watch as data-driven beat reporting built on a framework. This model – gathering data from the crowd into a database and then using it to construct ongoing journalism – is important for two distinct reasons. …

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Manufacturing success: how to use crowdsourcing to enhance innovation and product development

Posted on by Derek Singleton

Since the global financial crisis, rich countries have increasingly come to see manufacturing as a reliable driver of growth. Globalization, of course, means that it is more difficult than ever for rich countries to compete with developing countries in this sector of the economy.

In this environment, crowdsourcing is increasingly recognized as a good way to enhance …

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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… first glance, these 27 words look fairly ordinary. An interesting idea, but hardly revolutionary journalism. Even so, this innocent-looking sentence has caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. Why? Because it was researched, written and edited entirely by workers on Mechanical Turk.

Word processors

Here’s the scoop. Two journalists, Jim Giles and MacGregor Campbell, have begun an experiment in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie-Mellon University (“collaboration” as in …

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Predicting the Facebook IPO: The crowd gets it wrong

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Despite the presence of hundreds of analysts, entrepreneurs and investors, it was the average citizen whose aggregate predictions were closer to the mark.

By offering a real-world example, FacebookIPODayClosingPrice.com adds to the weight of academic studies into curious crowd effects like collective ignorance. What initially looks like a crowdsourcing failure is actually a fascinating opportunity for analysis (and Twitter-stalking). This may be small comfort to those who lost money in …

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Welcome to the Open Ministry

Posted on by Jack Reynolds

… and this March the Finnish Parliament passed the Citizens’ Initiative Act. The Act allows any citizen to present a law to Parliament, providing they can get the support of 50,000 citizens.

Spotting the opportunity for a groundbreaking piece of online activism, Finnish entrepreneur Joonas Pekkanen assembled a team of volunteers, including web-development wizard Aleksi Rossi, and created the Avoin Ministeriö, or Open Ministry. The site allows Finns to submit proposals for legislation, …

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