CNN ‘Open Stories’ combine citizen journalism and professional reporting

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Citizen journalism has been shaking up the news industry for years already, and CNN's iReport section is one of many efforts by traditional news outlets to include citizen voices. Earlier this month, however, CNN launched a new effort, dubbed “Open Stories”, that aims to take that concept a step further by crowdsourcing coverage of important topics through a combination of citizen and professional journalists. CNN has some 750,000 active citizen iReporters, it says. But while the news site will sometimes vet and incorporate an iReport story into its main news coverage, most citizen-contributed stories have remained separate in the iReport…

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