Recovering Journalist: Who’s Doing Good Work in Online News? (Part 2)

Mark Potts: "[An] excellent view of the Australian fire story comes from a somewhat unexpected source: Wikipedia, whose entry on the fires is voluminous, comprehensive and up-to-the-minute. A lot of journalists like to knock Wikipedia because it's user-generated and therefore vulnerable to inaccuracies; in fact, the site is surprisingly accurate for most purposes and is turning out to be a very underrated collector of breaking news coverage. "

Shane Richmond: Giles Hattersley’s disappearing Wikipedia entry

"Giles Hattersley, writing in today's Times, bemoans the inaccuracy of Wikipedia. ... Giles writes: "My entry features at least two errors, one libellous (unless my mother has been keeping a dark secret, I am not Roy Hattersley's son)." Yet I can't find an entry for Giles Hattersley in Wikipedia. And, as Martin Belam points out, it doesn't look like there has ever been one."

Currybetdotnet: Protecting the identity of Baby P’s killers: The courts vs the people vs the Internet

Martin Belam: "Trying to stick to the terms of the court order preserving the anonymity of 'Baby P''s killers has been very testing for a lot of sites online. ... cache on Monday afternoon still contained a BBC News report from late last year that not only named those charged with the death of 'Baby P', but also the toddlers proper name, and, incredibly, their street addresses. ... A Telegraph report initially from around the same time could also be located in Google..."

Wired: Threat LeveL: Wikipedia Sleuths Win Journalism Award for Wired.com

"Wired.com's Threat Level blog won the 2008 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism on Wednesday for finding a way to let you readers highlight the worst whitewashing of Wikipedia entries by corporations and governments. ... Knight-Batten also awarded $2,000 special distinction awards to Politifact.com and Ushahidi."