I didn't want to hijack the budget topic, but I am curious on others thoughts.
While this might be a little more advanced than NP is prepared to go right now: On the note of assigning stories and such, maybe we could have the developers (eventually) create a project management or "story management" screen for us to suggest content and for others to claim. Nothing drastic in terms of details -just very simple information (like the budget info ANG posted).
Further, I think it would be great to request help, additional coverage (say a protest on 3 college campuses, get 3 different people to cover it...if possible), or request footage (photos/video).
Again, I know that is a little beyond the concept of citizen journalism as a solo approach, but I think it would be nice if we could give some more established news sources a run for their money through collaboration -when applicable.