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Guardian US Taps Naomi Wolf as Weekly Columnist

The Beauty Myth author Naomi Wolf is joining the Guardian US website, Comment is Free.

Wolf will write a weekly column and will also appear live on the site weekly to interact with readers in the comments section.

Guardian US brings the Guardian’s hard-hitting investigative brand to a new focus on American news and opinion,” Wolf said.  “But Guardian US’s perspective is global as well as national; and there has never been a stronger need for a media platform that encourages America to talk engagedly to the rest of the world, and invites the rest of the world to talk directly to America.  It is for that reason that I am excited as well to be partnering in a new format of interactive opinion journalism, in which op-eds are an opening point for a direct online discussion and debate with the national and global community of Guardian US readers.”

Wolf joins other  journalists, such as Ana Marie Cox and Amanda Michel, appointments announced by the company in recent months that are part of its goal to create a hub for Guardian readers in the United States.

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The Guardian U.S. Names Open Editor

The stateside version of The Guardian has hired Amanda Michel as its new Open Editor. Michel was most recently with ProPublica as its Engagement Editor. Prior to that she worked on the OffTheBus program for The Huffington Post.

Per a memo obtained by Romenesko, Janine Gibson, Editor-in-Chief,, said, “We are delighted Amanda is joining the team. She is a brilliant digital strategist and practitioner whose track record of successful open and participative projects from the OffTheBus campaign to her crowdsourcing projects at ProPublica is very impressive.”

Michel tweeted that she will be covering “collaboration, transparency, crowdsourcing, etc.” at her new position.

Crowdsourcing In 2010: Will We Keep Supplying The Media Free Content?

crowdsourcing-cartoon.jpgMediaPost‘s Maryanne Conlin wrote a post today about crowdsourcing, a technique employed by corporations that costs them less than it would to hire outside consultants. By calling on a green blog/mom community to help develop a non-profit project, Conlin claims “When they get passionate about something, they can compete with the best of social media marketers by creating and executing strategies that work to advance their wants and needs.”

But is it ethical?

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ProPublica Demonstrates The Benefits Of Crowdsourcing

propublica loan mod.jpgNow on to crowdsourcing, which is more than just asking your Twitter friends for restaurant recommendations. It can also be a helpful tool for journalism, wherein reporters cull information and data from groups of people on the ground and in the know.

Perhaps one of the best examples of crowdsourcing was The Huffington Post‘s 2008 “Off The Bus” election coverage, and this year nonprofit investigative news org ProPublica tapped that project’s mastermind, Amanda Michel to lead their own crowdsourcing efforts.

Now, ProPublica is using crowdsourcing to gather information for a number of projects, including tracking the government’s various stimulus projects around the country and keeping tabs on the national load modification program. ProPublica reporter Paul Kiel is heading the loan mod project, and he spoke to FishbowlNY about the stories that have come out of their crowdsourced questionnaire and how crowdsourcing can be used as a tool by traditional news organizations.

Kiel said ProPublica’s loan mod crowdsourcing project started soon after the program launched, around May of this year. The organization posted a short questionnaire, asking readers whether they tried to apply for loan modifications and what their experiences were. “We’ve had about 300 responses over the last few months,” he explained. “We keep tabs on it and get in touch with people from time to time. It’s led to about two dozen stories, and I’ve used people who we’ve gotten through our crowdsourcing as sources for those stories.”

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What’s Next In Citizen Journalism: 4 Questions For ProPublica’s Amanda Michel

amanda2.jpgNewspapers are dying, magazines are closing and more journalists are finding themselves without paying gigs every day. Everyone is wondering: what does the future hold for the media? We brought the questions to the front lines, asking leaders in the field to tell us: what’s next?

Amanda Michel, editor of distributed reporting at nonprofit investigative journalism organization, has helped shape the emerging world of citizen journalism with her work at The Huffington Post‘s Off The Bus project. Off The Bus became an integral part of the election season’s news and helped break a number of important stories about the candidates and their campaigns. Now Michel is working on a project for ProPublica that tracks the stimulus money and where its being used and whether promises made by government officials hold water.

FishbowlNY: Why did you decide to use citizen journalists for some of ProPublica’s projects?

Amanda Michel: We believe that the better the relationship we have with the public the better we can do our work. By working closely with your readers you can expand access to information. There are also ways in which you can serve the public. For example, you can show them to look at things critically or give them the tools to do that.

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Talking Social Media And Twitter At The Personal Democracy Forum

pdf2.jpgDuring the afternoon session at the Personal Democracy Forum today, we sat in on one panel about citizen journalism and another focused on organizing and fundraising using Twitter.

The first panel of the afternoon was moderated by The Nation‘s Ari Melber and featured social media experts Amanda Michel of, NPR‘s Andy Carvin, Twittervision’s Dave Troy and Andrew Turner of GeoCommons.

The panel discussed using crowd sourcing and citizen journalists to report and develop stories. These tools were the key to covering stories like the 2008 election cycle and the inauguration festivities. The group talked about why citizens want to get involved, deciding that involvement can be attributed to many different factors, from political motivation, curiosity or just to check where tax dollars are being spent.

“Sometimes imminent danger motivates people,” Carvin said, adding that more than 500 people volunteered to report news and information for NPR in the days leading up to Hurrican Gustav’s landing last year.”But I can’t get people on board a hurricane project for this year until there is a storm about to hit.”

Michel, who worked for the Huffington Post‘s Off the Bus project during the election last year, said that although she needs to check information from politically motivated sources carefully, sometimes they make the best sources.

“It needs to be an issue they care about — either they or their friends or family is involved — something there to pull them in,” agreed Turner. “They are not going to get involved just because it’s in front of them.”

(Photo: Melber, Turner, Michel, Troy and Carvin talk citizen journalism)

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ProPublica Taps OffTheBus Vet

propublica03.05.jpgProPublica continues to forge into the digital age in a big way. The country’s largest newsroom dedicated exclusively to investigative journalism hired former OffTheBus director Amanda Michel as its editor of distributed reporting.

Michell will be tasked with finding creative ways to assist ProPublica’s investigative team using the Internet and crowd sourcing.

“Amanda will help us move our investigative journalism forward using approaches that were not possible just a few years ago,” editor-in-chief Paul Steiger said in a statement.

It’s the second defection from OffTheBus in recent weeks. Marc Cooper, who served as the site’s editorial director during the 2008 campaign, recently jumped to, an online digital news site started by The School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

The full release is after the jump.

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