This article is about how Google Wave could transform journalism into a more collaborative process. What is interesting to me is how much this echoes what I have discovered in writing fiction with EtherPad – http://www.etherpad.com

The process of writing a story together, with characters owned by respective authors, used to be a morass of writing half the dialogue and sending it back and forth for insertion of respective characters’ words, or writing it ourselves and hoping our lack of famliarity with the other person’s character didn’t lead to us making them act out of character.

With EtherPad (and, presumably, with Google Wave), collaborative fiction writing becomes akin to an act of structured role-playing, where we actually write together at the same time—and unlike normal role-playing, if we decide something came off wrong we can easily go back and tweak it.

Of course, I’m not in the Google Wave trial yet, but I can’t wait until I am. It will be very interesting to try it out.

in reference to:

“You may notice that double bylines aren’t very common. That’s because trying to co-author a news story stinks.
The process usually involves one reporter talking to and researching a few things and another following a different set of sources and finally combining their findings toward the end. This can result in a mess of incompatible and unrelated research that gets either thrown out or somewhat-awkwardly wiggled in.”
How Google Wave could transform journalism | Technology | Los Angeles Times (view on Google Sidewiki)

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