WASHINGTON—August 1, 2012—The Washington Post today announced it has launched a new platform for crowdsourcing. “Crowd Sourced” is The Post’s special feature that allows Post journalists to ask questions about today’s concerns and begin a conversation about these issues. Users will be able to answer those questions and vote for the ideas they value most, so the most popular responses are surfaced on the page. 

 “The Washington Post’s Crowd Sourced pages offer an opportunity for readers to weigh in on key questions shaped by leading Post journalists who closely follow the issues. Through this interactive feature, we’re providing a place for people to come together and address a variety of challenges and thoughtful topics,” said Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Editor for Strategic Projects at The Washington Post.

 With the launch of the new platform, Political Reporters Chris Cillizza and Rachel Weiner will ask questions devoted to the role of social media in political campaigns. Users will be able to respond to questions such as “Which candidates or campaigns are using social media well and how?” or “What social networks are under-exploited or poorly used by campaigns?” 

 In addition, business reporters Peter Whoriskey and Ariana Eunjung Cha will explore innovation in American businesses and will ask “What must we do to ensure that American companies remain the most innovative in the world?” and “What policies or regulations should government adopt?”

 As news informs the issues of the day, additional Crowd Sourced pages will launch with a new set of questions. The Post’s Crowd Sourced pages are powered by technology from Trove, The Washington Post Company’s personalized news aggregator.   

 For the social technology Crowd Sourced page, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-to-win-the-2012-social-media-election/gJQA1qRyNX_topic.html

 For the American competition Crowd Sourced page, visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/innovation-and-competitiveness-how-to-encourage-the-next-great-us-inventions/gJQALlfyNX_topic.html

 The social technology Crowd Sourced page is sponsored by SAP. The American competition Crowd Sourced page is sponsored by GE Capital. 

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