Chapter 3 Briggs


According to Briggs, Chapter 3 is about using technology as a way to knock down the many obstacles journalist goes through everyday, and with technology comes more news reporting methods. In Chapter 3, Briggs begins to go more in depth about crowdsourcing, open-source reporting, and pro-am journalism

Crowdsourcing focuses on obtaining information and ideas from a large group of individuals in order to solve any number of questions or problems. In journalism, crowdsourcing helps to unravel solutions by answering specific issues or questions to improve a service or idea. Sites like “Talking Points Memo,” and “Public Insight Network,” have thousands of people that provide informational contributions to the public. This helps social platforms target different groups of people in order to solve problems. Likewise, I find it interesting that companies like and InnoCentive, hire people to do crowdsourcing. According to Briggs, the pay is usually low but companies provide certain tasks for freelance individuals to solve company complications.

Open-source reporting is important because it allows for audience feedback. With feedback it is possible to gain different insights and perspectives. The main purpose of open source reporting is to get viewers and readers to participate. According to Briggs, this type of reporting can provide benefits for both the reporter and the audience. The benefits being that open source reporting can open up an entire separate community of people with different opinions and useful data. As for pro-am journalism, this is journalism that is structured around the audience and them being able to publish pieces on the same social platforms that professional journalist use. The point of this is to help create a deeper line of coverage that journalist couldn’t provide on his or her own. With more people researching the story, comes much more broader results of information.

By reading Chapter 3, I was able to learn more about the different aspects of journalism and how to use them to my advantage. I have learned about using blogs for crowdsourcing, how important links are, as well as viewed examples of crowd-powered collaboration. Lastly, I learned that print is still an important source of news and is still greatly appreciated today. Over the years, newspapers have also built great relationships with their audiences and have strived to strengthen their community. As a result, Newspapers and their networks are excellent contributors to crowd-source, open source, and pro-am reporting.


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