There is increasing momentum driving the idea that mainstream journalism -- and the ethics training around it -- should include the notion that it is not only OK but essential for reporters to report and even help convene community conversation around "solutions" to problems. But what does this do to the notion of independence?
News editors no longer have to wait for AP updates or CNN videos, thanks to the meteoric spread of citizens armed with smart phones that can deliver photos, video and tweets even before local news trucks arrive on the scene.
How can innovative ideas become something more? Often they can grow over cups of coffee, feedback and collaboration with like minds, says Nate Olson, co-founder of 1 Million Cups, an entrepreneur pitch program.