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My new think piece on #crowdsourcing & #climatechange : @ClimateCoLab

My new think piece on #crowdsourcing & #climatechange : @ClimateCoLab

As for climate-specific news efforts, though, it is still hard to assess just how far such principles can be taken. The sticking point is, to some degree, a discipline-specific one: the climate story is largely a slow-moving, science-based narrative, heavily dependent on painstaking peer review and interminable technical policy sessions at all levels. That is to say that much of climate science reporting remains a matter of “elite sourcing,” rather than the surfing of crowds. Crowdsourcing often proves most dazzlingly effective when, as the company Ushahidi ‘s projects underscore, it is focused on large-scale, fast-moving events such as the Haiti earthquake or the BP Gulf oil spill. Likewise, NPR’s Andy Carvin has received universal praise for covering the Arab Spring on Twitter, operating as something of an “anchor” for the global activist and media crowds.

Full article: http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2011/12/crowdsourcin...

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