Dienstag, September 18, 2007

Wiki Journalism - Are Wikis the New Blogs?

a taxonomy by Paul Bradshaw. Paul present the result on his wiki journalism studies last week at the Future of Newspaper Conference, Cardiff

WIKI Journalism - Are wikis the new blogs?

He identifies five types of wiki journalism:

  • ‘Second draft’ wikis: a ‘second stage’ piece of journalism, during which readers can edit an article produced in-house (Wired article, Esquire, LA Times wikitorial)
  • Crowdsourcing wiki: a means of covering material which could not have been produced in-house (probably for logistical reasons), but which becomes possible through wiki technology (San Diego Tribune’s AmpliPedia; Wired How To Wiki)
  • Supplementary wiki: a supplement to a piece of original journalism, an ‘add-on’: “A tab to a story that says: Create a wiki for related stories” (Francisco, 2006) (CNET’s India Tech Wiki; parts of the Wired How To Wiki)
  • Open wiki: an open space, whose subject matter is decided by the user, and where material may be produced that would not otherwise have been commissioned (Wikinews)
  • Logistical wiki: a wiki limited to in-house contributors which enables multiple authorship, and may also facilitate transparency, and/or an ongoing nature (Dewey Answers; N&Opedia)
Taxonomy Chart:


as Wiki (live)

*and for all readers, who still print out stuff they want to read, as PDF (dead)