Linux Journal is hosting an interesting piece by Doc Searls about how community-centric, collaborative models for news coverage can help address some of the issues present with traditional news outlets. Where the parallel between the world of open source software is the paradigm of creating something of your own in replacement of an insufficient offering. Obviously the issues surrounding news reporting are far too complex to solve by having people simply 'do it themselves,' but more participation by members of the general public will accomplish several things:
- Provide working alternatives which complement (not necessarily replace) exisiting offerings.
- Further bridge the needs of individuals with the agendas of corporate owned and backed news sources.
- Serve as a platform for the delivery of different flavors of information delivery.
- Highlight the demand for more open, people-centric processes.
Of course, these are the exact same things that open source is doing within the context of software development and delivery, so this proposed model isn't as far fetched as it might sound.