Stories as seeds of information

Journalism does not have to produce what we think of as stories. Using the same values and the same discipline, a newsroom can provide information in more granular form and the newsroom can produce it in a way that allows users to decide how much information on each topic they want. It can be done as a social media, using a system that encourages readers to add to the conversation. Those are some of the assumptions Hop Studios started with when they built an experiment — Flickring the News. It’s a proposal for a news site built for sharing, not telling. A key passage from the proposall:   "Users should be able to annotate stories by
highlighting and linking from relevant passages, as well as by
commenting on them as a whole. This functionality challenges the idea
of the news story as a finished product, frozen in time. We see stories
instead as seeds of information planted in a knowing community." The Hop Studios comment board is open.

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