Archive for the ‘citizen journalism’ Category

A mojo reporter (mojo) uses only a mobile phone to distribute and report on news. A video journalist (VJ) has more equipment and is more like a traditional journalist. Mojo and VJ have fundamentally changed the traditionally media industry. (via Stephen Quinn)

Here is an interview with Deakin academic and chair of this unit Stephen Quinn, discussing mobile journalism’s use

Throughout my three years as a media student, I have enjoyed watching traditional media adapt to the new mojo technology and the exponential growth of citizen journalism.

I hope that in this new media environment where the problem is information overload, journalists will look to news values to determine which stories are worth reporting. I believe that news values are timeless and identify what truly deserves to be reported on.

YouTube has a website for aspiring reporters. It has many videos of essential information for journalists.

Eg. Katie Couric discussing how to conduct a good interview:

I have observed that with the invent of social media, people are increasingly valuing human interest, as human’s have a need for connection. Increasing use of technology is decreasing the amount of human interaction in day to day life.

As Kevin Sites of the Hot Zone said in this video “YouTube is a democratising source of information.”

This reinforces my thought that social media is humanising the news environment and that public discourse is no longer dictated by the media.

I’ll leave you with an example of a citizen journalist beating traditional media in breaking a story. In the following Steve Garfield beat CNN to a scoop on US politician Duncan Hunter. I love Steve’s pure enthusiasm.


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STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print) is a Singapore based social networking website driven by user generated content, and is owned by Singapore Press Holdings.

STOMP aid journalists in the traditional media space with their newsgathering, as the Singapore Press Holdings ownership facilitates relationships with traditional media outlets.

STOMP was originally targeted at young people, as a way for the The Strait Times to interact with the younger demographic, but middle age men and women are rapidly joining the site. The increasing interest in STOMP is because there is such a variety of content, that it appeals to people with many interests. There is up-to-the-minute hard news plus softer news, discussions about society in Singapore and other content on many and varied topics.

The users are proud to be called STOMPers.

The most popular pages are

Singapore Seen –  the hub of citizen journalism on STOMP

Talkback forums, where users can talk about anything they desire

My favourite discovery on the STOMP website was Ugly Commuters, a section about strange and/or unacceptable public transport behaviour.

STOMP is a leader in Singapore, and the world, in embracing the changing media landscape and new tools for reporting. They have a twitter page and facebook, which they are using to continually update users. This is a great form of engagement, as users interested in STOMP updates choose to receive the updates, and then receive them throughout the day whilst in their favourite media spaces.

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In 2000, South Korean Oh Yeon-Ho launched  OhMyNews.com – the first news agency run entirely by citizen journalists. He wanted to rid the news industry of elitism and realised that due to the decentralised nature of the internet, it cannot be controlled.

Oh Yeon-ho, courtesy of Wired.

When citizens join, they sign a Code Of Ethics and Reporters Agreement. Contributors can earn money for their stories, depending on it’s importance.

OhMyNews acts on the thought that every citizen can be a reporter. This gives a difference perspective on the news to the world.  If one person is interested then perhaps another is interested in that news too, and removes public discourse control from traditional media gatekeepers.

The following is from the OhMyNews.com citizen journalism conference:

Two quotes I completely agree with from the video are there is an “expectation of readers that they can interact with the people telling them their news” and “If you don’t like the news, report some of your own.”

As South Korea has the highest rate of broadband connections per capita, OhMyNews has empowered information hungry citizens that want to share and created a community.

I am increasingly discovering that in this media landscape it is easy to suffer from information overload, so people are becoming increasingly savvy at filtering out the news they don’t want and finding exactly the information that they do want to learn about. OhMyNews aids this search.

If you would like to learn more about OhMyNews, click here.

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What is citizen journalism?

(via RobinGood )

Media consumers are increasingly participating in the news gathering process of media outlets, at the expense of traditional media.

Firstly, web-logs arose, (A.K.A ‘blogs.’) Blogs allow anyone with the desire to write and the technological ability and resources, to publish their thoughts.

Next, the mainstream and traditional news providers decided to join in, so they provided platforms for citizen journalists.

Four mainstream web news providers now offer forms of citizen journalism;

CNN’s i-Report Toolkit // Yahoo’s YouWitness News // CBS’s EyeMobile //  Fox network’s UReport

CNN has the best process as there are guidelines and tips for the news gatherers, in an effort to verify the authenticity and increase the quality of content submitted by amateur news gatherers.

(via The Vincenton Post)

Now, blogs often beat traditional media to breaking news stories.

Traditional media’s attempt to catch up leads to quality and truth often being compromised in an effort to ‘break’ the news. They must be aware that news is often already in the cybersphere  and many members of their former audiences and readers access it online, instead of consuming traditional media.

Traditional media are responding by shifting the focus of news from the newness of content onto promoting conversation and using their resources for in depth analysis of current trends and issues, and this will increase as we continue to move into the future.

Finally, if you’d like to learn more – here is a link to the history of citizen journalism.

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