Friday, June 13, 2008

June 2008: Community Embraces a Converged Journalism-Sourcing Project

Paul Niwa may have hit upon sometime rather big. The Emerson College professor devised a unique project to create a new model of compiling sources for journalists, using the "snowballing" method of sources referring sources. Niwa and his students created a visual, Web-based schema displaying the sources and their degrees of interconnectivity.

And then something funny happened. Niwa discovered community members began to use the project not for its original journalistic function, but for a host of other purposes serving community concerns.

Niwa's piece reminds us that the Web remains, as always, organic and unpredictable.

Read the full article here.

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