Beatbloggers to blog beats for bloggity blogosphere

Beatblogging.org is a new site about hybrid forms of collaborative information gathering backed by thirteen credible news publications including Wired.com and the San Jose Mercury News. The premise:

Maybe a beat reporter could do a way better job if there was a "live" social network connected to the beat, made up of people who know the territory the beat covers, and want the reporting on that beat to be better. See what happens when 13 pro reporters with real beats give that idea a go ... blah blah blah pro-am journalism, distributed reporting, collaborative information gathering, blog-style reportage.
The smart money is to publicly praise the pro-am journalists, but hedge your career bets on the pro-pros. At the rate New York Times contributors are taking over Facebook, this latest hybrid journalism is going to be known as just journalism by March.