The University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute has recently announced the inauguration of WellCommons, a site designed to improve community communication about health issues. Jane Stevens, Director of Media Strategies at the Institute, hopes that WellCommons will connect health reporters to the public to more effectively communicate health reports. Moreover, she believes that WellCommons is a good example of successful journalism in a social media world. In describing her new site, she says "some people say it's a touch of WordPress, a little bit of Ning, some Facebook and Twitter, all embedded in a safe place and a trusted source, which is what journalism is supposed to be for a community."
Stevens writes that the site is unique in 5 ways. To begin, it integrates social media with journalism. Both reporters and community members post on the website and communicate with one another via messages. Moreover, Stevens maintains that the site allows for users to determine the credibility of the article they are reading by looking at the sources section. Stevens' approach appears to be like a sort of checks-and-balances system where the format itself will hopefully ensure that the majority of posts on the site are coming from legitimate sources. Also, she argues that WellCommons' approach to health reporting is community-based and solution-oriented.