Assignment Zero – Investigating Crowdsourcing

On: March 19, 2007
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About Michael Stevenson
I am a lecturer and PhD candidate in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I've been a contributor to Masters of Media since 2006, though I now only post occasionally. A short list of papers and projects can be found here


Assignment Zero is a collaboratively authored journalism project set up in association with Wired magazine.
In what may be the truest of Web fashions, the project will begin by examining itself – or actually, crowdsurfing crowdsourcing, the process it hopes to benefit from:

Welcome. We’re covering a story: How the Web makes it possible for the crowd to be the source of good ideas. But instead of one journalist reporting, we’ve created a site where many people can work on the story, with editors as guides.

Despite the buzzwords (pro-am journalism = professional-amateur journalism), I think this looks promising. I’d sooner contribute to this than to Wikipedia, just because it seems like more fun.

See also the Wired article about the project

Update 20/3 – thanks to the experts for pointing out my ‘crowdsurfing’ faux pas. Actually the history of the web is nicely summed up by the shift from surfing to sourcing, but whatever :)

4 Responses to “Assignment Zero – Investigating Crowdsourcing”
  • March 21, 2007 at 4:00 am

    Michael, I am no expert but play the fool pretty well. Kudos on the rapid strike-through and I will bet $10 dollars to a het zilveren tientje the mistakes I make on a daily basis would make eating marmite on a piece of old toast sound good! Surf to source is right on the button, good one Michael!
    So what’s top of the blogger news in Amsterdam?
    Warm regards. Alan.

  • March 21, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Hi Alan,
    For me the top blogger news is that shocklog “geenstijl” has won the best dutch bloggies 2007 award. Now that is a shame for the Dutch blogoshere….. or has the jury gone mad?

    kind regards,

  • March 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Alan, thanks for dropping by! I think the crowdsourcing blog is extremely interesting and will be keeping tabs, especially with regard to Assignment Zero. You guys must be very busy and excited.
    Heleen is right about what’s hot over here – Geenstijl is blogging narcissism and nihilism at its best/worst (dutch shocklogs = web 2.0 +
    Looking forward to reading more at Crowdsourcing .. take care,

  • March 23, 2007 at 11:41 am
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