Here's the url for a NY Time article about a blogger, Joshua Micah Marshall, who won a prestigious prize for reporting on the firing of judges for politically-motivated readers that read to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The quote from Dan Kennedy, a media critic who teaches at Northeastern University,is the relevant point for HASTAC readers. Kennedy knows that what Marhsall does ?is a different kind of journalism, based on the ideathat my readers know more than I do.?
The Times article continues: "Writing on a blog for hisjournalism students, Mr. Kennedy called the announcement of the Polkaward 'a landmark day for a certain kind of journalism.' Talking PointsMemo, he said, 'relentlessly kept a spotlight on what other newsorganizations were uncovering and watched patterns emerge that weren?tnecessarily visible to those covering just a small piece of the story.'"
"He added, 'This is crowd sourcing ? reporting based on the work of many people, including your readers.'"
When the reporter from the American Journalism Review interviewed me about using Wikipedia for essays, I suggested they should, with qualifications, because there were so many things missing in standard sources (the so-called "reliable" ones). I suggested that "Wikifacts" be stated as such and that the blogosphere be allowed to question or contribute, a great way of finding out what the standard references and the standard media miss, suppress, or simply do not have the range to cover. For citizien journalism, too, the crowds can, sometimes (not always!), be wise. Check out the article. It is an interesting one.