Andy Oram

Crowdsourced news and professional journalists: pulling together to replace the tug-of-war

Date: This event took place live on March 27 2012

Presented by: Andy Oram

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

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This webcast covers both the threat and the promise presented to professional journalism by citizen journalism, social networking, and other crowdsourcing. We'll look at some of the proposals made by leaders in journalism to modernize the practices, and go through a "thought experiment" that asks how far social networking and rating systems could replace professional news sources. We will end by summarizing ways journalists could incorporate more crowdsourcing into their work.

About Andy Oram

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source, software engineering, and health IT, but his editorial output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers. His work for O'Reilly includes the influential 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, the 2005 ground-breaking book Running Linux, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code.

Andy also writes often for O'Reilly's Radar site ( and other publications on policy issues related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society. Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Vanguardia Dossier, and Internet Law and Business. His web site is