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Open Journalism

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Open journalism is a reworking of 'citizen journalism' and we are taking this notion as a cornerstone idea for how to engage with readers.

We have always sought reader (aka the audience) feedback and our best features are invariably the result of collaboration. Are there ways to step up these efforts?

If open journalism is to be accepted more than 'citizen journalism' it needs to be accepted by readers (aka the audience) and media pros alike.

The audience needs to be able to participate in a way that their contributions are seen as having value.

Observation: the 'conversation' is all over the place. It's a challenge for readers and editors alike to keep track of the threads of discussion.

Open journalism recognizes what's newsworthy runs along a two-way street.

See how it was popularized by Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, Melanie Silland others.


Journalism and publishing are in a state of change to remain relevant.

Journalism as a service: If journalism is a service to the public, it needs to reflect the demands and expectations.

Rethinking relationships: This is a period of transition from 'us' and 'them' to 'we.'

Advances: Already we see news include comments in which authors and editors are participating in deep conversations.

We have to figure out how to make meaningful 'stories' from the voluminous amounts of data we are creating.

Today's journalists and editors play an important role in encouraging readers (aka the audience) and addressing their interests and questions

Applying Local Journalism to Conscious Travel

As we focus on the maturing travel sector of society - call it conscious travel, ecotourism, responsible tourism - we recognize that this sector like everything else is being changed by social media. Do we embrace this or retreet to our caves?


Ron Mader receives a modest payment from travel companies and language schools. Members can request a page on this wiki that can serve as a conversation with Ron and the whole wired world. Media releases are welcome. Ron uses the #workshop21 hashtag to posts relevant to the World Travel Directory and the #taller21 hashtag to posts relevant to the Directory of Spanish Language Schools.

Recommended Listening

Open journalism - A radical new direction for journalism? Will it become the framework for how we produce and consume our news in the future? Highly recommended.

Elsewhere on the Web

Free Press Conversation on Radio NZ Media Watch

Melanie Sil

The Case for Open Journalism Now With information flowing everywhere, how does journalism provide value? The answers lie in a new orienting idea for journalism that is transparent, responsive and enriched through vibrant two-way connections with a networked universe.

Open journalism’s core principles are transparency, responsiveness, participation, collaboration and connection. Open doesn’t mean everything is shared with everyone; it’s a framework based on serving citizens and customers that applies whether content is free or paid.

Journalism has changed too slowly to keep up with the world around it. The Internet has transformed how people live, not just how we get information. Open journalism embraces these changes and draws on two-way communication in reshaping news work to deliver the value people need now.

The argument for change isn’t that journalism is dying. In fact, journalism is expanding— mostly online through a burst of new kinds of newsrooms and individual information providers and through deliberate efforts by foundations and universities to broaden the field of news and information.

No one owns a story. Everyone’s a distributor and most people can be a contributor. Not everyone wants to create journalism but lots of people are able to do so in certain circumstances.

Open journalism offers a framework for building journalism capacity and support for journalism’s aims. It focuses first on the needs of customers and citizens and looks at journalism as actions to meet those needs.

Excellent journalism, after all, has never been simply about information. It’s information provided to enable knowledge, published or broadcast as a public exchange by people accountable for its accuracy. Networks can enhance quality by linking the work of newspeople and many others to support journalism’s public service functions: accountability, timeliness and accessibility.

What if, instead of creating redundant resources, news providers drew some information from online volunteer efforts such as Crisis Commons, which draws people together to create shared resources amid crisis, and invested their energy in original reporting?

Action Steps for Newspeople
1. Build transparency into every step 2. Build a culture of responsiveness 3. Make participation a public exchange with benefits for all 4. Learn from collaboration success and expand peer-to-peer partnership 5. Embrace journalism’s role in a networked information universe

The 5 Tenets of Open Journalism

Guardian Example

Open Journalism - Guardian

How to get involved
  1. Help shape the articles we write
  2. Explore how we report our top stories
  3. Add insight to our book reviews
  4. Share your pictures with us
  5. Contribute an album review
  6. Create new ways to use our journalism
  7. Talk to our readers' editor


Journalists can’t make reporting more relevant to the public until we stop assuming that we know what people want and start listening to the audience. How do you create a new relationship where fundamentally a media organization is feeding the needs of the audience rather than setting the agenda for the audience?
- Michael Skoler, Nieman Reports Essay

The public does not consume data. The public consumes stories.
- Clay Shirky, Guardian Open Journalism Video

Conflict Points: Payment for Travel Tweets

Tourism boss defends cash for tweets
Nice tweets if you can get 'em (Kangaroo Island)
Mediawatch Extra for June 2012

Buzzword Bingo: Open Journalism


How can journalists and publishers financially profit from this approach?

Media pros need to see that this approach has intellectual and financial merit.

Guardian Australia funder says site will usher in era of open journalism

The entrepreneur behind two of Australia’s newest media venturesthe fledgling Global Mail and soon to be launchedGuardian Australia websitehas called for the development of ‘open journalism’ in a rare interview with RN Breakfast.

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