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Saved by Howard Weaver
on June 28, 2008 at 10:21:35 am
 

The way ahead ... 

A shared wiki for McClatchy journalists and others to talk about the way ahead for news, news companies and people who care about them. 

 

 

What's the point here, anyhow?

 

Well, one of the comments on Etaoin Shrdlu recently suggested that "McClatchy set up an online repository for ideas, sort of like what Starbucks did when it solicited suggestions from customers. Give people a venue. Innovation will happen. It must."

 

McClatchyNext aspires to be that venue.

 

It's a wiki, the same basic format as the infinitely editable Wikipedia, intended as a way to collect ideas, argue about them and save information and reference points in ways we can all easily share and retrieve. If it works, it will be a more coherent version of the comments I very much appreciate at my blog -- better organized, easier to follow, more accessible.

 

I’ve never created or managed a wiki before, so it may be a little clumsy from time to time. But learning new formats and new forms of communication is an essential ingredient in becoming part of tomorrow’s conversations anyhow, so think of this as AFGE.

 

I believe you’ll need to be invited to participate, although I want to make that as open and easy as possible. I’d rather folks participate openly – that is, with real names  – but if you’re not comfortable doing that just get a webmail account somewhere and register with that address. To get started, email me or my assistant Jill Christensen for an invitation. (I think that you can invite others once you're registered, so it should get easier to be invited. It's not intended to be exclusive in any respect, simply organized.)

 

I would ask you to be consistent; if you’re registered as GrizzledVeteran or OnlineGuru, please stick to that handle for all your comments here, so our discussions are congruent. I expect that comments from people with real names will have more credibility; they will with me, for sure.

 

I believe anybody who participates here can start a new page and launch a new discussion. Feel free. I’m going to establish a few “folders” and add some starter comments, but this isn’t my blog (which I’ll continue to use to ventilate and expose my thoughts).

 

This won’t work without community participation. I promise it will get read and considered and introduced into conversations here in the corporate suite, and I hope it will likewise energize and incubate discussions at individual newsrooms and between newsrooms, too.

 

Please, jump in.

 

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