Three concepts and terms you should know…
Crowdsourcing – Using a online community or group of people to report a story.
Open-Source Reporting – Applying concept of “open source” to journalism to produce more transparent and useful news products.
HelpMeInvestigate solicits story ideas and input from readers. In turn, the founders offered the code to their website so others could use it.
Pro-am journalism – Allowing audience to publish directly to same platform or website that professional journalist use.
CNN iReport is one of the best known examples.