OpenFile founder and CEO Wilf Dinnick said, “People are used to either a top-down model for journalism or the bottom-up approach that they get with social media like Twitter, but OpenFile is kind of in the middle.”
In terms of news content, reporters, and finance, OpenFile launched on May has a mixed characteristics of mainstream journalism and citizen journalism and tries to take advantages of both sides.
It is very interesting how newly launched news sites identity themselves in the journalism arena. What features do matter for identifying themselves? — Trained journalists? Freelancer reporters? A top-down model? Local-based media? Community news sites? A hyper-local journalism? A big media group? Or what else?