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Posted: October 17, 2007 07:32 PM
Rosen: Walking the Beat Online


While attending the Knight Innovation Seminar, I was intrigued by one panelist in particular.

Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at New York University, talked about the idea that won him a $15,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge; he calls it a "small winner."

Rosen talked about "Beat Reporting with a Social Network." He explains it in simple terms: A beat reporter has a network of people they rely on to supply them with specific information.

Why not create an online community that allows the reporter to find that group of people who are well-versed on that specific beat, a group that Rosen calls the "smart mob."

What Rosen proposes to do is create a moderated space where reporters can acquire information on a certain topic. This will allow reporters to maintain their physical networks of people, as well as having a unified body of information available at their fingertips.

Rosen believes that, ultimately, this would allow for better and more thorough coverage of specific topics and events.

"This is a social network approach where the reporter is the center," Rosen explains.

The Web site has yet to be fully launched. Rosen is still looking for five or six more beat reporters.

-- Deanna Lampert

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Oct. 19, 2007 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Discussion Groups (Sponsored by AFP) 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: The Cutting Edge of Online Data 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Finding Your Voice Online 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Business Workshop: Leading the 21st Century Newsroom 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: General Session: Membership Meeting 10:45 a.m. - Education Members Meeting, Expanding ONA's educational offerings, Dominion Ballroom 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m: Keynote: Michael Oreskes, International Herald Tribune 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Lunch on Your Own (Box lunch sponosred by CBSNews.com) 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: Broadcaster Strategies for the Web 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Integrating Multimedia in Storytelling 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Business Workshop: Legal Panel 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: Revamping Your Curriculum for Online Journalism 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Integrating User-Generated Content 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Business Workshop: Advertising 2.0 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Coffee Break (Sponsored by Pluck) 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Journalism Next: Impact of Aggregators, Blogging and Social Networking on the Industry 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Reception sponsored by CBC.ca 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Awards banquet

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