Times launched a "wikitorial
," an editorial that any of the
I know what you're thinking: wikitorial
, when the Los Angeles Times took the well-intentioned but ill-informed step of letting the public edit its editorial.
Another controversial Web innovation occurred at the Los Angeles Times, which launched its "Wikitorial
" page last year that took the open-access Wikipedia format and applied it to online editorials.
By Sunday morning the first wikitorial
had been mired in foul language and photos, and was replaced by a note from site editors apologizing to "the thousands of people who logged on in the right spirit." (See "Wiki: Don't Lose That Number," August/September 2005.)
One (the Los Angeles Times wikitorial
) was an abject failure.
Newspapers have traveled a tough road toward Web/print integration, from the Los Angeles Times' Wikitorial
debacle to consumer complaints about the New York Times requiring payment to read popular columnists online.
Would the "wikitorial
"--a vaguely Polynesian-sounding concoction that invited readers to help write Times editorials themselves--redefine the newspaper's opinion pages?
The Times' trailblazing "wikitorial
" drew lively contributions from readers across the political spectrum.
We begin with just one wikitorial
. Maybe a year from now a link for "wiki this page" will be as common on the Web as "printer-friendly" or "e-mail this article." Or maybe not.
19 Because readers did not behave: The Los Angeles Times aborts its wild 'wikitorial
' online editing experiment.
The Los Angeles Times editorial pages snared the media limelight with its bold launch in June of a wikitorial
on the Iraq war--an opinion piece that invited online edits from readers who tussled, pro and con, over the conflict.
Seeking to shake up its editorial pages, the paper launched its first online "wikitorial
," which allowed readers to rewrite editorials and post opinions.