Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Media owners in the crosshairs as Trump craves retribution
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
June 24, 2009, 4:43 p.m.

A Guardian crowdsourcing update

Two quick thoughts I want to pull up from the comments of Michael’s post on the Guardian’s success crowdsourcing the analysis of documents in the MP expenses scandal:

— Aron Pilhofer of The New York Times (and DocumentCloud) notes the crucial role Amazon’s EC2 plays in projects like these: “Even more than a framework (we use Ruby on Rails and a bit of Django), Amazon EC2 has allowed us to work miracles online. We’ve been able to go from a standing start to a fully deployed application in a matter of hours. It takes technology largely (but not completely) out of the equation for these news apps, and allows us to focus on the important stuff.”

— Pete at Foibles notes that you still need to double-check what the crowd finds, as it appears the Guardian accepted a reader’s handwriting interpretation when it may not have been advisable.

POSTED     June 24, 2009, 4:43 p.m.
Show tags
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Media owners in the crosshairs as Trump craves retribution
“The big difference now is that Trump’s anti-press tirades are also campaign promises. The words of Trump’s first term will translate to actions in a second term.”
TV rewards the authoritarian candidate
“We will not learn who the best person for the job of the presidency actually is, but we might come away from campaign coverage knowing who the best person is to play president on TV.”
Newsrooms (re)discover the magic of project management
“Strong project management makes newsrooms more adaptable and more able to survive industry turmoil.”