This text is perhaps especially interesting for the Crowdopolis project group (previously called "crowdsourcing news & citizen journalism"). The text is very interest and perhaps relevant to other groups too.
It's people from the Microsoft Research/Social Media Collective who have written a text that starts like this:
Motivated by the disappearance of local newspapers, this past summer, we started to explore new ways of supporting community news production through collaborative writing tools. The first incarnation of this is NewsPad, a system for neighborhood communities to collaboratively to report on local events such as festivals and town hall meetings.