Journalism on Wikinews
Erik Möller, the current (2010) deputy CEO of the Foundation, is generally credited with being instrumental in getting the project off the ground. With a focus on news, the project is frequently overshadowed by current events on Wikipedia - which, naturally, attracts a far larger contributor base. There are stark differences between "The Free Encyclopedia you can Write", and "The Free News Source you can Write". Encyclopedic articles are continually developing - whereas news articles are a snapshot of what is known at a point in time.
Through negotiation with Google News, project bureaucrat Brian McNeil successfully arranged listing of the English-language Wikinews project in Google's index-cum-agregator; adopting the Wikimedia extension for Flagged Revisions, and technically implementing a formal peer review process which parallels that of traditional journalism to meet Google's requirements and address a perennial contributor gripe.
This, by-and-large, makes Wikinews a unique publisher of Citizen journalism.
Discussion questions edit
- What societal benefits can citizen journalism provide?