Robin Good's insight:
"NewsPad is a web app that helps communities of people collaborate on news articles, even when they don’t see themselves as writers.
It helps people choose a headline, structure their article, and ask others to add material.
The software, which supports real-time collaborative editing and content curation, incorporates the best ideas from Wikipedia, Storify, and online text editors."
"NewsPad is designed for the long tail of interest of participation, a system that works well with stories that are too small for newspapers, where it might take a casual volunteer effort to create any news at all."
Newspad, which is free and open-source, is a project born out of Microsoft Fuse Labs.
Its unique strengths are:
a) easy-to-use and to post structured news content
b) collaborative - you can invite others to contribute
c) easy to distribute across multiple sites
It is an ideal tool for local and hyperlocal news sites as well as for any highly focused community of interest.
Free to use. Open-source.
Try it out now: http://newspad.at/#