Participatory news: Fact-gathering & Engagement

Posted on: March 11, 2010

As per my last post on developing participatory news, media can engage with people throughout the evolution of a news story. But in practice how is this being done? In terms of fact-gathering and engagement here are three examples from major media organisations:

The Telegraph’s iPhone app makes it very simple for citizen journalists to upload a photo and send an eyewitness account directly to them:

After the massive Chilean earthquake a couple of weeks ago, Karen Smith, a CNN reporter, put this call out on Twitter:

After the recent death of Michael Foot The Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow wrote a rolling blog which brought in tributes and anecdotes from Twitter, other blogs, and the site’s comments:


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