Why The Future Of News May Be In Crowdsourcing

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A new article suggests that the fastest way to find out about breaking news may well be Wikipedia, as major articles on a single topic are being uploaded at the rate of hundreds an hour. Although I’m not sure this works for local events of specialist interest. You can read about it here. 776px-10_sharing_book_cover_background

2 comments on “Why The Future Of News May Be In Crowdsourcing”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    This is very interesting and as long as checks and balances exist to maintain “honest” journalism than this a fast way to get breaking news. Still I can not help, but worry that such “news” may be slanted – at least until an editor steps in. This format also presents great opportunities for media control and opinion-shaping that must be constantly guarded against. (Orwell and N. Korea, etc.)Already there are many Wikipedia pages devoted to PR and to product promotion. Not that such are bad, but the reader needs to know what he/she is reading.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    Editors don’t guarantee a lack of bias, either. Read any paper from the beginning of the 20th century or America in the fifties. We were told in high school to read the introduction to any book we were going to use for research to make sure that we sourced material from the various sides of any issue. We were doing Canadian history, of course, where there is always a French as well as an English version of any issue and possibly a couple of others as well.

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