Sometimes in journalism we like to pat ourselves on the back.
I think some moral support is good from time to time. But I also think we often don’t deserve it.
The Washington Post announced a crowdsourcing platform they built.
These are both great developments. But they are nothing to write home about. Crowdsourcing is several years old. The Public Insight Network has been doing this since 2006 - and even they weren’t the first crowdsourcing platform.
Apture was doing contextual links in 2008 and has since been bought by Google (hell, I used Apture on my PERSONAL blog to get the functionality the NYT is now just releasing).
It’s fantastic that WaPo and NYT are making headway into areas and technical experiments. But I don’t think the journalism community should pat ourselves on the back about it. Maybe if there was a unique approach or implementation of these old ideas - great. But in my cursory look - I don’t see it.