A couple of persuasive examples of the power of crowdsourcing in journalism from Guardian Special Projects Editor Paul Lewis. He talks about how Twitter and other social media helped him find witnesses to the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during riots in London and track down passengers on the aircraft Jimmy Mubenga died on while being deported from the UK to Angola – providing quite different versions of events to those given by officials.
“Some people call this citizen journalism, other people call it collaborative journalism, but really it means this: for the journalist… it means accepting that you can’t know everything and allowing other people, through technology, to be your eyes and your ears. And for people like you, for other members of the public, it can mean not just being passive consumers of news but also co-producing news. I believe this can be a really empowering process – it can enable ordinary people to hold powerful organisations to account.”