Sunlight Foundation’s Collaborative Muckraking

Ellen Miller and Sunlight have yet another innovative project. For this one, they set up a collaborative muckraking project whereby any technical politico (or political techie) could participate by researching nepotism in the congress. Its a great example of how the ‘masses’, with the help of collaborative software, can do important work that would take a single journalists weeks. This project, focusing on spousal relationships of the 435 congress members, took 2 days!

Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor and founder of the innovative journalism experiment PressThink has a nice article about the project.

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