Wired tests crowd journalism

Jay Rosen of the journalism blog Pressthink has finished an editing Assignment Zero at Wired, an experiment in pro-am reporting that has produced 80 stories and interviews thus far in such categories as art, journalism, business, government/legal and "thinkers and academics."

Among the articles in the latter category are one each from Clay Shirky and Karim Lakhani, who have a go at crowd sourcing and peer production studies in the academy. Shirky, who is appropriately skeptical of the bigger claims made on behalf crowd sourcing, and who separates claims made in its behalf from the idea of peer production, is a favorite media theorist of mine. He may be found online and in various publications.

Lakhani, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, is working to bring open source to scientific problem solving. I mentioned him last December.

As for Rosen? He tentatively concludes:

....[W]e know a lot more about it now than we did when we started, and one of the goals of Assignment Zero was to test whether pro-am methods had potential. I think they do, but we haven't really unlocked it yet. We are, however, getting closer.