Talk about crowd-sourcing the news. It’s not just that they created a tool for users to engage with them and their story — that’s the easy part. But the ethos behind the project is a good reminder that news organizations, or even media commentators, can harness digital apps and tools not only to encourage engagement and page views but to further their own mission and work with the new shapes journalism can take using technology. Host Brooke Gladstone wrote a manifesto for the show way back in 2004 that holds up over time as serious, useful insights for any news organization, not just a public radio one. Points like not limiting your scope and using everyone in the newsroom are part of that manifesto, and also good advice for digital first newsrooms. (via On the Media Asks Listeners to ‘Be the Journalist’ With Web Tool – 10,000 Words)

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