This past weekend a group of people got together and created a magazine. It normally takes a month to assemble an issue, and they managed to make the first issue of a magazine in only 48 hours.
The Wall Street Journal has a good story on it:
Creating a magazine from start to finish in two days sounds like an insane, nearly impossible task. But that’s what a group of writers and editors did this weekend to produce the first issue of the appropriately named 48 Hours Magazine — an experimental project that aimed to use the Internet to shake up the way a print magazine is made.
The concept behind 48 Hours was relatively simple: Most magazines traditionally take weeks to produce. But with the Web and things like digital photos, editors could put out a call for photos and articles with a 24-hour deadline and then spend another 24 hours editing and laying out the magazine.
The creation of the magazine is part of a trend called “crowd sourcing” — in which tasks that have traditionally been done by a small group are instead posted to a large forum, with the best ideas and products from the overall group winning the day. It’s a technique best known for the creation of online reference site Wikipedia.