The University of Southern California's Online Journalism Review is offering a series of suggestions on how new techniques may improve online reporting.
The site's online journalism wiki highlights strategies that seem to turn the traditional work model of journalism on its head.
It suggests the practice of open-source reporting - the journalist tells readers the topic he or she wishes to investigate, and inviting them to submit leads, sources, ideas and information. The reporter loses any exclusivity.
This second technique - distributed news reporting - relies on readers submitting information themselves into a database of incident reports.
This model is used in examples like citizen photojournalism agencies like Scoopt and Cell Journalist .