E. Schwartz at Infoworld says,
“Imagine an online so-called “newspaper” that has as its staff only blogging citizen journalists who have an interest in the subject matter they write about.
After all, doesn’t a software engineer know more about metadata, the enterprise service bus, and master data management than some reporter with a BA or MA in journalism and a minor in English Lit?
Yes, they do know more technically. However, unlike reporters who view remaining neutral as the golden rule of journalism, tech experts often have an ax to grind and a point of view to promote.”
A known bias makes publications more transparent. You know where the editorial sympathies lie. There’s no pretence at impartiality. Readers identify with newspapers they agree with.
A wiki-like/blog commenting input/editing process will have an increasing role to play with newspapers. But how? Some ideas.