Journalism's evolving, and we're seeing the convergence of professional journalism and citizen journalism. Today, Jay Rosen's moving this forward, announcing a new way of doing investigative journalism that networks groups of journalists, mainstream and community, that I feel is really important.
Here's what Jay has to say:
It's enterprise reporting goes pro-am. Smart mobs collect around story ideas and build the case. When they've really got something, an editor assigns it. Reporters collaborating with users and editors get the story the pack wouldn't, couldn't or didn't. Midway through they raise the money to do it right. If it works (a big if…) then it's journalism without the media. The betting is that (some) people will donate to works they can see are going to be great because the open source methods allow for that glimpse ahead.
I think we'll see great journalism emerge from experiments like this, including new ways for journalists to earn a living.
I really urge you to take a look here