Beat Reporting With a Social Network: Can it Work?

Jay Rosen describes his new project Beat Blogging as follows: “Maybe a beat reporter could do a way better job if there was a “live” social network connected to the beat, made up of people who know the territory the beat covers, and want the reporting on that beat to be better.” So he and David Cohn have created this network with 13 professional beat reporters (complete list). This collaborative experiment is interesting in that is melds citizen journalism with professional standards: “Bring knowledge, contacts and interests of many different people from around the beat into the production of news, views and information for the beat, by making use of social networking tools that lower the cost of collaboration and make it viable for dispersed groups to become an editorial force.”