Through a new effort, Wikinews, members of the open-source community who write and edit Wikipedia’s encyclopedia entries are encouraged to test their skills as journalists. The news site follows a similar set of rules as the encyclopedia, which allows anyone to edit and post corrections to entries, so long as each change is recorded.
I think Wikipedia is an exceptional, important movement, and so applaud their attempts to get into news. It’s a bit early to judge the effectiveness or reach of Wikinews, but I’m all for participatory journalism. No RSS feeds yet, though. The idea immediately reminded me of South Korea’s successful OhMyNews (here’s the English version).
Steve says “this site has major ramifications for the PR industry. Will anyone even dare venture to post their client news there?” My answer: absolutely not. This is, in my view, literally the worst place on the planet to pitch stories to. After all, instead of convincing one journalist, you have to convince thousands, all with the power to change the story. On a related note, Steve links to a story about the growing credibility of Wikipedia.