I watched a crowd of more than 120 people grab their voting remotes and suddenly knew what it was like to be an audience member in the old Bob Saget days of "America's Funniest Home Videos." When the votes were tallied, the News-Press in Ft. Myers, Fla., came away with the first-ever APME Innovator of the Year award.
Before the voting took place, however, candidates from Ft. Myers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle presented their ideas to the crowd using video presentations and a Q&A session.
Buzz words came out to play.
In a video presentation, the AJC described the pitching-and-catching method of news production. "Pitcher" and "catcher" were used to describe someone who gathers or develops story ideas and another who runs with them.
Another major term used was "mojo," or mobile journalist.
The term "crowdsourcing" was used by both the News-Press and the AJC. Not to be confused with something you would do at a rock concert (see crowd surfing), crowdsourcing means interacting with the public to develop an idea. Stories or other content can be built using group meetings and through feedback with citizen journalists, among other ideas.
The News-Press relied on both crowsourcing and a smaller citizen "Team Watchdog" to help with investigative pieces.
-- David Dinsmore