Many news organizations now more than ever are asking journalists to “do more with less” according to Briggs.  This chapter is really interesting because it explains the discoveries that new age journalists are encountering.  They are discovering the power of people, their audience can help them by finding sources, new angles, and constant feedback.  I like that this chapter doesn’t stick to just one way of media to generate feed back but rather an array of digital tools and many technologies.  The idea behind this chapter is to “bring journalists closer to readers and readers closer to journalism.” (Briggs, p. 64)  Many news broadcasters are creating web pages where their readers can publish their own stories.  New reporting methods are making audience generated content possible.  Crowdsourcing is an interesting method that allows communities to generate together answers to specific questions.  This method is generally used by news organizations to find instances of voting problems, and the like.  Then there is open-source reporting that means using transparency in reporting to provide a benefit to the audience.  Finally we have pro-journalism which is to me the most interactive because it allows the audience to generate and publish content directly to the same platform that professional journalists use.

Briggs discusses how with all these new forms of sharing  have led to thousands of contributors.  Blogs have grown into a full-blown news organization.  Take PTM for example who was named by Time magazine one of the 25 best blogs, if it weren’t for their legal reporting and contribution of information eight U.S. attorneys would have never been punished for their crimes.  It’s because of contributors like PTM and new age bloggers, that are redefining journalism.

Beatblogging is a new way that a reporter can bring together the stakeholders of a particular issue or topic and then build a network around that traditional reporting beat and open up a discussion among them.  This allows a beat blog a “newsroom vehicle for providing in-depth coverage.”  (Steve Buttry, Digital First Media)  What is awesome about this new age blogging is that with every blog post there within the story a link can be found.  Briggs acknowledges the power of that link by saying that its purpose is to provide easy access to source documents.  It also in my opinion gives the blog and blog creator a more authoritative voice because the link provides support to the story.

Finally Briggs closes with saying that Print is still a powerful tool to gather an audience.  Many newspapers don’t want to get left behind so they are also crowdsourcing.  Bakersfield Californian newspaper launched Nothwest Voice the first “citizen journalism.” (Briggs, p. 82)  The readers responded, and collaborative publishing is here to stay.  I added the Neighborsgo community news because this is the best example that illustrates the community generated content.