Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” begins life

A while back Al Jazeera announced its new innovation;  an open newsroom, fuelled by social media but curated by professional editors.

Welcome to “The Stream”. It starts today.

Social media and news isn’t a new combination. Most news organisations worldwide have already woken up to the fact that social media networks have become a rich source of news content and tips, as well as acting as a check and balance to the news outlets themselves.

However, Al Jazeera is taking this further, believing in fact that you can make these social conversations the centre of the news content itself, instead of just being window dressing around the news content which is largely what it’s been up until now.

It’ll be interesting to see how this works out and whether or not it is an idea that can be uniquely executed by Al Jazeera alone, or if can be copied across all news outlets.

I’m certainly keeping this on my personal watchin brief.

(Picture from Fastcompany)


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