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Guardian says open journalism is the only way forward

Guardian says open journalism is the only way forward

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12/15/2013

 
Guardian says open journalism is the onlyway forward
By Mathew Ingram Mar. 1, 2012, 2:50pm PT 
If there‟s one newspaper that has stood
apart from the crowd in terms of itseagerness to embrace a digital-mediaworld, it is
The Guardian
in Britain. Thepaper was one of the first to make user-generated content
 — 
and crowdsourcing
 — 
a key part of its business, and also oneof the first to try and turn itself into atruly open platform for data sharing. Now, in what appears to be a response tothe wave of paywall-ism that is sweeping the newspaper industry, editor AlanRusbridger has launched a new campaign aimed at reinforcing the
s
 an approach that he says is the only real optionfor media in the digital era.The centerpiece of the campaign is a great video (embedded below) thatreimagines the story of the Three Little Pigs as a modern morality tale, from theopening scene
 — 
 
in which riot police bash in the door of the third little pig‟s row
house
 — 
to the Occupy-style street demonstrations in support of the swine, andultimately a courtroom battle that sees the pigs admit to destroying their ownhomes in an attempt to frame the Big Bad Wolf, because they were unable to maketheir mortgage payments. Throughout the clip there are people commenting onFacebook, posting to Twitter with hashtags and uploading videos.
What does practicing “open journalism” really mean?
 
The idea that people can now comment on the news and otherwise interact with the
output from newspapers isn‟t go
ing to come as much of a surprise (hopefully) tomost people. But the point of the video is not that this happens, but that anymodern media entity has to become part of that process and make those interactions part of what they do
 — 
and that means a lot more than just showingrandom tweets on television when someone like Whitney Houston dies (formernewspaper editor Melanie Sill recently published an excellent report on the concept
 for media).
 
 In a blog post, Rusbridger elaborates on some of the ways in whichthe
Guardian
“A man dies at the heart of a protest: a reporter wants
to discover the truth. A journalist is seeking to contact anyone who can explain how another victim diedwhile being restrained on a plane. A newsroom has to digest 400,000 official
documents released simultaneously.” The last example is
,when it asked readers to combthrough hundreds of thousands of budget reports, and more than 20,000 peopletook them up on the offer. Rusbridger continues:The travel section is searching for a thousand people who know Berlin like theback of their hand. The environment team is seeking to expand the range, authorityand depth of their coverage. The foreign desk wants to harness as many Arabvoices as possible to help report and explain the spring revolutions.The page at the
Guardian
website devoted to the open-journalism project describes other ways the newspaper is trying to incorporate contributions from readers, or the
“people formerly known as the audience,” as journalism professor Jay Rosen has
called them: one of the most recent methods is what
he
Guardian
calls its NewsDesk Live feature,which goes over all the stories that the paper is trying to coverin a specific day
 — 
 
complete with a version of the “story sked” that editors review — 

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