Joi Ito blogs about WikiNews.org (EN | DEU | JPN? | FR | SE | RU | NL) today, a nascent project started by a group from Wikipedia.
You, fearless and intrepid blogger: WikiNews wants to harness your journalistic energy and perspective. They provide the rag, bloggers apply the ink. Projects like this are on the brink of doing something great, democratizing the centralized business of delivering the news that matters to the masses.
Undoubtedly, journalistas and ex-journalistas like my friends Betsy and Todd are going to have a good chuckle when they read this post. How can non-professionals ever begin to match the concise writing, strict code of conduct, editorial oversight, inside access, and interviewing skills that only professional journalists have or have access to? Here's how:
This decade and perhaps even this century will be remembered as the Era of Tranparency. WikiNews is poised to kick a big ole hole in the non-transparent wall that separates us, the news consumers, from them, the boardroom producers and their hired junção, the corporate reporters.
Watch. Listen. Write. You are the New Media.