Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism: Reliable Sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource

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Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism: Reliable Sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource is a 2004 conference paper written in English by Andrew Lih and published in Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Online Journalism.

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Wikipedia is an Internet-based, user contributed encyclopedia that is collaboratively edited, and utilizes the wiki concept – the idea that any user on the Internet can change any page within the Web site, even anonymously. Paradoxically, this seemingly chaotic process has created a highly regarded reference on the Internet. Wikipedia has emerged as the largest example of participatory journalism to date – facilitating many-to-many communication among users editing articles, all working towards maintaining a neutral point of view — Wikipedia’s mantra. This study examines the growth of Wikipedia and analyzes the crucial technologies and community policies that have enabled the project to prosper. It also analyzes Wikipedia’s articles that have been cited in the news media, and establishes a set of metrics based on established encyclopedia taxonomies and analyzes the trends in Wikipedia being used as a source.

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