In terms of juicy reading, you can’t get any better than this: on Friday, the State of Alaska is releasing more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails that will cover much of her tenure as the governor of Alaska. Because Palin frequently used her personal email to cover state business, including with her husband, those emails have been determined to be public record, reports the New York Times. Since practically everything Palin does is considered news as it is, her personal emails as governor are a veritable goldmine.
But the problem is that there are just so many of them! So the Times is actually turning to crowd-sourcing, and asking its readers for help sifting through the documents in its race to get the best stories out first. The Times‘ Caucus blog posts this unusual request:
Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on nytimes.com starting on Friday afternoon E.D.T. We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.
So if you’ve ever had a secret ambition to do some investigative journalism for the Times, see your name credited in the paper, or just gossip incessantly about Sarah Palin, this one is for you.