As he explains on his Pressthink blog today, Jay Rosen has taken his biggest step yet into the world he’s been writing about for some time now. With the help of several grants he’s starting NewAssignment.net, based on this notion: “Reporter + smart mob + editor with a fund and backers get the story the press pack wouldn’t, couldn’t or didn’t.”
Needless to say (because I’ve been saying it repeatedly), I’m an enthusiast. I continue to believe that the people who could pull this off best are the traditional media, and that there will soon be some amazing examples. But the media business can’t do everything, and we need to see experiments of this sort.
I’ll be helping Jay as much as I can on this, and hope you’ll participate, too. Maybe your role will simply be reader. Maybe you’ll participate in the journalism. In the new-new media ecosystem we’ll have lots and lots of possibilities.
Give this project a look. It, and other projects of this sort, could become a big deal indeed.