The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and BBC: Lessons in Crowdsourcing

I began the week reflecting on the BBC’s initiative asking radio listeners to come up with pain-free ways the NHS could save money.

The week ends with an army of Guardian readers sorting and classifying 700,000+ MPs’ expenses documents.

Two examples of old media embracing crowdsourcing and it will be interesting to see how both fair.

From the outside, the Guardian feels inherently more switched on to the potential of outsourcing some of its journalism to the crowd. Continue reading The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and BBC: Lessons in Crowdsourcing

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BBC Goes Crowdsourcing To Save The NHS

This morning the Today programme devoted two in-show trails to its how-to-cut-NHS-spending-without-feeling-the-pain feature.

It’s a nice conceit – the politicians are reluctant to talk about cuts in general terms and any suggestion that the NHS in particular will suffer is political suicide.

credit: Tulip Diva
credit: Tulip Diva

So Evan Davis and co are throwing it out to the ‘informed listener’ – the NHS doctors, nurses, administrators, consultants, suppliers – to come up with some practical answers.

Whether they know it or not they are also embarking on a crowdsourcing experiment. Continue reading BBC Goes Crowdsourcing To Save The NHS