Other than the odd Letter to the Editor or OpEd piece, the world of news was pretty much a one-way street. Big Media pumped out the news to you and if you had anything to say about it, you told your friends.
Big Media has no ears for you.
But the Crowd in CrowdNews includes both our journalists and our audience. Our audience members can be active members of CrowdNews. They will be able to recommend stories, topics, and Newstreams to fellow members. They might even be compensated for being a Recommender. (Those details are still kind of secret.)
We see Audience members who gain a following becoming Curators: a trusted and valued peer within the CrowdNews Community. Curators might also be compensated. (More secret details.)
And of course our Audience will be able to rate stories, journalists, and Newstreams on things like accuracy, quality of work, sources, and more. These ratings are important to CrowdNews Journalists: Journalist's rankings will influence sales.