Great example of networked journalism at the online site TBD in Washington, DC. The news outlet asked readers to note instances where subway escalators were malfunctioning. By harnessing the power of the audience, they produced a  map that accurately reflects the problems with the metro system. Good stuff. The old-school reporting would have featured a few anecdotes about malfunctioning escalators followed by a quote from a PR flack for the subway saying that the problems weren’t too serious.

Makes you wonder — Why are so few news outlets embracing this type of reporting?

UPDATE: Practical tips to engage the audience.