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Lih, A. (2004, April). Wikipedia as participatory journalism: Reliable source? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource. 5th International Symposium on Online Journalism, University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved September 26, 2006, from

This article presents a study of how wikipedia has developed over the years and applieas an existing research model to a new topic. The article reports a study using quantitaive metrics to evaluate the quality of wikipedia entries.

The overview on page 2 did not prepare the reader for the organization of the paper; the outline on page 1, on the other hand, was effective as a guide to the document.

Figure 1 was not introduced/referenced in the text before it occured, nor was it fully explained in the text.

The organization of the paper is

The theses is not clearly stated. The author attempts to demonstrate

Using the wikipedia idea of quality, the autor provides a method to quantitatively measure the quality of an entry based on the number of editors.

And that wikipedia fills the "knowledge gap," i.e. provides historical accounts of events between the news reports of events and the publishing of history books.

The author also compares

The author provides a history of wikipedia and how it interacts with other types of media; the author also discusses the role wikipedia plays in the "journalism pyramid."


Quantitative metrics

Rigor (total number of edits for an article) Diversity (total number of unique users)

to establish "reputation of the article within wikipedia"

probably more effective to present the "reputation"

explains assumptions (8) more editing cycles = higher quality

uses a comparison group (DK) because of its reputation as an up-to-date and reliable dictionary.

The author also uses the study to provide a method for measuring the reliability of open-source media/participatory journalism.

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