The old Citizen Journalism chestnut rears its ugly head again in a question from a student. Here's my thoughts…
Guardian Witness aims to smooth the path between acts of citizen journalism and that output becoming part of professional journalism.
The tools of reporting are becoming more available at the same time that trust in media is diminishing…
iVillage – Lulu Phongmany:
Been around for 10 years without really talking to the community about what they wanted. Very different issues drive success in message boards as opposed to content. Content seems tool-based, forums more around mutual support issues.
Food site relaunch: Editors and community managers are of equal footing in the approval process. Integrated community with content so there’s no real distinction. In essence message board content is seen as no different to anything else. 285% up on page views.
The more options for participation, the better. Bake community into the whole editorial process.
Chris Taggart – OpenlyLocal
Journalists don’t generally know much about anything – they aren’t really interested in the subject, just the story. Fine for basic, traditional reporting. It worked because they had skills and access to information other people didn’t have. And all this (cuttings libraries, directories, contacts) have been subsumed by the web. But it’s still about the stories. And they can be focal points for conversations.
Your readers know more about the subject than you do. The thought of doing journalism without involving them is terrifying.
Naked Capitalism blog is a great example of journalism done with the audience.
Newspapers get blogs wrong because they’re not used to having a conversation.
Paul Bradshaw – Birmingham City Uni, Help Me Investigate
Citizen journalism is a patronising and outdated term. It covers a ridiculously wide range of activities: accidental journalism, value adder, data analyst, the ear or eye of a group of friends…
Collaboration is about many groups, overlapping, and working in collaboration. A journalist is an ideal overlap point. Join the dots, make interesting connections. That’s what Help Me Investigate has found in its investigations.
Help Me Investigate is essentially a project management tool for collaborative investigation.
How to get people involved: Don’t ask, don’t offer tokens; lead by example. Share.
Personally, I find this an outdated debate but I fear it will go round-and-round until the idea that people can have a ‘virtual life’ and a ‘real’ one as two separate things is finally, belatedly put to rest.
It’s interesting how the interaction between amateurs (bloggers and photographers, mainly) and the mainstream media is moving further and further up the latter’s agenda.
I do wish that stories like this would explicitly state who funded the research…
Completely different take on that podcasting article from mine. (On the other hand, I don’t work for paper that published it.)
A Lewisham mystery emerges…
When the media has to classify professionals as citizen journalists to make a point, then perhaps the point isn't worth making...