Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Atlantic opens its editing room to its readers

Readers of The Atlantic Wire, the very successful online arm of The Atlantic magazine, are being invited to pitch stories and influence the editing process in an open comments thread, according to a story on Mashable, which quotes editor Gabriel Snyder
“As with many web news operations, The Atlantic Wire is mostly edited via terse messages in a group chat room. Editors and writers spend the day logged onto Campfire pitching story ideas, exchanging links and keeping everyone up to date on the news of the day. So we had a thought: Why not move that out into the open and let anyone who wants to take part?”
[Campfire is the chatroom client used by full-time staff.] According to the story, the editorial team picked up several story suggestions as a result.

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