I can never decide how useful it is to attend panels and conferences about "the future of news." I've been to a few this year, and for the most part they seem to hit pretty much the same notes. But, beyond all the talk, New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen is about to to put one bold new idea into action.
NewAssignment.net's first project -- a sort of test -- will be a collaborative investigation with Wired.com, Rosen said. After that, he anticipates putting together four large-scale investigations per year, including mini-projects that can be broken away from the main story. Rosen hopes the site will include many aspects of the kind of journalism that has existed until now, with editors critiquing writers' work and the regular "ritual production" of content and reporting toward deadlines.