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Open source reporting experiment gets boost from Reuters

NewAssignment.net, an experiment to bring together professional and amateur journalists to produce investigative stories, is getting a boost, and greater credibility, with a $100,000 donation from Reuters.

The money will pay the wages of an editor who will start work early next year. The project is to create open source journalism where “people collaborate peer-to-peer in the production of editorial goods”.

Jay Rosen, associate professor at the New York University department of journalism, whose idea NewAssignment.net is, chose to announce the big donation in the Guardian’s Comment is Free blog as well as his own PressThink. NewAssisgnment.net has its own blog.

The idea is that by bringing the skills of professional journalists together with the interest and determination of non-journalists it should be able to dig deeper into chosen stories. Rosen sees it as “an editorial engine anchored in civil society itself, rather than the media industry or journalism profession. As today’s announcement shows, New Assignment can be on friendly terms with Big Media, which it is is not trying to destroy or supplant.”

There have been smaller donations previously including one of $10,000 from Craig Newmark of Craigslist which I mentioned back in June.

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