The Case for Newspaper Wiki’s

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, explores the issue of using wiki’s on newspaper websites. He proposes they be used as:

“…focal point and support mechanism for communities to post news that would not normally be covered by the paper.”

When talking about failed efforts in the past, he makes two notes:

  • Cultivate a community of users first.
  • Don’t think that it is a cheap and easy way to get content.

Knowing the caution that many established players feel, Jimmy is working on functionality in the software that allow more control and address some of the chaos scenarios that people lose sleep over.

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