After revolutionizing the way encyclopedias are built and maintained, the team behind Wikipedia is attempting to apply its collaborative information-gathering model to journalism.
Through a new effort, Wikinews, members of the open-source community who write and edit Wikipedia’s encyclopedia entries are encouraged to test their skills as journalists and report the news on a wide variety of current events.
The news site follows a similar set of rules as the encyclopedia, which allows anyone to edit and post corrections to entries, so long as each change is recorded.
The current rendition of Wikinews is an experimental version that, according to Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, offers just a taste of what’s to come when the news effort builds momentum.
I think this is great.
I already thought of this idea some time ago and thought of how great it would to be to have a source of news that is compiled by the normal people on the ground and not the media giants who often offer a disconnected view on things and are even biased in some cases.
Bravo to the guys behind Wikipedia and Wikinews for making my idea come true.
You guys rock!
It just pisses me off a bit that another one of my ideas has been implemented by somebody other than me, lol…