Storyful and the open newsroom: Journalism gets better when more people do it

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There’s been a lot of talk in the media business about concept of an “open newsroom,” one in which readers and regular citizens help traditional journalists in the news-gathering process, but with a few exceptions — including the Guardian and ProPublica — examples of such a thing in action have been relatively rare. One of the few companies trying to pursue the idea across a number of platforms is Storyful, the social-media-based news service, which launched its Open Newsroom project several months ago.

As the site Journalism.co.uk described in a recent post on the project, the Open Newsroom consists of a Google+ page with a relatively small membership — about 200 at the moment — made up of users who have volunteered to help verify photos, videos and other content that comes in through social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Storyful managing editor Markham Nolan says…

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