I worked for The Washington Post Company's CableOne Advertising, and I went to the same university where Rob Curley graduated. Curley started pushing the Post in this direction a few years back, before he left the post. He had some great ideas, but lacked resources and interns to make them happen. I appreciated his passion for local news and global news.
Original post from Howard Rheingold:
If it is done right, this could be a collective intelligence platform as well as a crowdsourcing tool for journalists and an experiment in the public sphere. -- Howard
"The Washington Post today announced it has launched a new platform for crowdsourcing. “Crowd Sourced” is The Post’s special feature that allows Post journalists to ask questions about today’s concerns and begin a conversation about these issues. Users will be able to answer those questions and vote for the ideas they value most, so the most popular responses are surfaced on the page."