Tag Archives: 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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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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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 …

Tags: business Citizen journalism crowd crowdsourcing Intellectual property Johnson Manufacturing microtask microwork Singapore Small business

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

© Photos by Hanna Sistek @Sistek

This year, crowdsourced journalism has really “hit the headlines”. From journalists crowdfunding their own investigations, to The Guardian newspaper crowdsourcing its editorial policy.

Of course, the biggest crowdsourced news scoop of 2011 is the Arab Spring. From Morocco to Bahrain, citizens risked their lives to film, tweet and blog real-time on-the-ground reports. In the West, over-excited tech commentators …

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the limit.

Word wars

Penenberg apparently believes that microworkers are a serious threat to journalism: an evil cyber army out to undercut hard-working hacks. But take a quick look at Serv.io’s website. The company never claims to employ or compete with journalists. Instead, Serv.io offers a pretty standard mix of crowdsourcing services: SEO content, product descriptions for retailers, proof-reading. Does Adam Penenberg want those jobs? I doubt it.

It’s time journalists …

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