The shared truth of collaborative journalism

The authority of information guaranteed by participation and lack of affiliation to a brand

Collaborative journalism is type of journalism that not only is affected by digitalization but which could not exist without the new millenium’s content-producing tools.

In this type of journalism, the authoritativeness of the information is not ensured by the prestige or history of the a specific newspaper but rather by the participation of several journalists - whether they be professionals or amateurs without affiliations - that do not work for the same company but who cooperate to draft a common text.

The shared authorship and the technical tools that allow the continuous collaboration on specific content can be considered a better guarantee of independence than than offered by traditional media.

The distance between the author (or, better yet, the authors) and the reader is reduced by the reader’s possibility to intervene at any time through comments, additions, and corrections to existing articles.

This allows for the contents of collaborative journalism to be fluid over time rather than steady like in the past.

While content could be similar, the production tools used in collaborative journalism could lead to stylistic results that differ from those of traditional journalism. In some cases the information takes the form of a written conversation between several authors, while in other cases it might not lead to a single text but rather to a series of texts.