WASHINGTON – Andrew Lih has always been interested in how people communicate and he’s found himself a front row seat, taking part in journalism’s digital conversion.
Lih was on the ground floor of digital journalism education — suggesting to Columbia University that they teach how to write and design for the Web. The school was the first to offer a Web-based journalism program, Lih says, in 1995.
After spending time teaching in Hong Kong, Lih was looking for the next big thing and heard about a site called Wikipedia. His reaction to the initial concept is one many of us can related to.
“That sounds wacky. That sounds like it would be a complete garbage dump of content,” Lih says.
But he quickly realized the power of Wikipedia as a rolling archive of what is happening — a living transparent document. He says every edit to every page is monitored.
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