WIRED to publish crowdsourced issue

WIRED magazine is launching a grand experiment in community journalism for the digital age.

The science and tech magazine, which is headquartered in San Francisco, will present a crowdsourced tablet issue produced in just 48 hours. Called¬†The Connective, the issue will be reported, written, photographed, designed and published over the course of a single weekend. That’s no small task.

Any writer, designer, photographer, artist or journalist wannabe is invited to submit after the theme of the standalone tablet issue is announced today at 3 p.m. PST. Submissions must reflect that theme and be received by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Yes, just 24 hours to whip up a masterpiece.

The WIRED staff will spend the weekend reading, editing, fact-checking, designing and piecing together the publication. The mad dash will continue until the final deadline at 3 p.m. PST on Sunday.

The project’s success largely hinges on how effectively WIRED uses social media and the scope of the magazine’s audience on those sites. The project was announced on Tumblr, where staff have been dropping hints about the theme. So far, looks like the theme has something to do with … the Internet.

Also, over the weekend staff will use Twitter to questions, offer story guidance and give hints about the final product throughout the weekend. Follow them @WIREDInsider.

It it works, the project will be a testament to the power of social media and crowdsourcing in digital journalism. Community journalism has long been practiced in print media, but crowdsourcing is relatively untested waters.

The project’s success would also show¬†the dedication of professional and amateur journalists who, it would seem, had no other plans this weekend.


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