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Why Wikipedia beats Wikinews as a collaborative journalism project » Nieman Journalism Lab

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why Wikipedia has been a more successful news source than Wikinews... Wikipedia’s formulaic style and continuous format are more conducive to collaborative writing projects ... writing a news story with a lead, a coherent narrative, and a deadline is very different than writing an encyclopedia article...tension between the Wikipedia community... and the Wikinews folks ...

Wikipedia always does a very strict inverted pyramid ... a clinical just-the-facts... very formulaic... very different than writing an article where you need ... a dramatic lead...

a deadline... file the story at a certain time... to update... write a new article ... for most Wikipedians... a very tedious process ... not clear that the wiki process really gears itself towards deadlines and group narrative writing... anything beyond very formulaic... much harder to get more than two or three people to stay consistent...

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