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Old 11-29-2004, 09:14 PM   #1

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Default A revolution in news?

As if following up on the post recently made here concerning a decline in traditional news readership, the open source trend has finally made its way into the sphere of journalism - in a big way.

The community that is responsible for creating, editing and validating the open source encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has turned its hand to the open reporting of news events. Their new project, predictably entitled Wikinews, is currently being tested at the following URL:

While it's unlikely to replace CNN or Google News any time soon, the Wikinews project promises to add something unique to the online news media industry. More disparate voices and fewer gatekeepers =(presumably equals)= greater balance.

Do you see the move to 'open source' reporting as a coming revolution of news media, a gradual progression along the freedom of information timeline or as a red herring that will continue to play second fiddle to the massive media conglomerates?

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Old 11-30-2004, 12:55 AM   #2
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As a news junkie, I really like the new Wiki tool. I think that the diversity of opinion that this service affords is truly amazing. It uses the web in a way that a lot of us remember it as: a free information exchange. I think I'll see what I can do with them...
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