Long time lurker but first time poster. I'm usually a bit too shy to
post but I'd really love to hear people's opinions on a project I'm
working on at the moment.
The main concept of the project is to foster involvement of the
general public in the daily news cycle, and ultimately to improve the
print edition of newspapers through a combination of reader
participation and traditional journalism. To this end we're adapting
Mediawiki (the stuff that runs wikipedia) for use on a fairly large
European newspaper website.
We are working on things like:
User feedback before printing - ability for the public to discuss,
criticize, or praise the article before it appears in the next days
paper. A good example of this might be "Letters to the Editor" which
are actually commenting on articles in the same edition.
User contributions - which appear on the website first, and if good
enough make it through to the print edition. Readers can vote on
articles (nothing new) but then the final control comes down to the
editors (whose role would be more of an information and quality filter).
Making the publishing process transparent - so journalists actually
write and mould their articles on the wiki for all to see, and
readers and fellow journalists can comment as the article progresses.
Simplifying the article creation and editing process - editors can
put out requests for whole articles or "informants" on a particular
topic, and anyone could respond.
For the purpose of discussion we have a mock-up redesign of the
Washington Post as a Wiki, and we have a PDF detailing our ideas