Archives For Citizen Journalism

This is not The Onion.

Unveiled today, the Fox News Deck is where journalists will be on camera as they sift through posts on Twitter and Facebook to keep track of emerging news on GIANT 55-inch touchscreens.

It’s gaudy and cheesy, but certainly a physical manifestation of the importance newsrooms are putting on social media, citizen journalism and user-generated content.

Watch the video!

via Fox News Replaces Desks With Ridiculously Large Touchscreens.

Burning Man isn’t a way of escaping the social problems that accompany new technology. On the contrary, it is a a petri dish that intensifies and fosters some of the deeper conflicts. It is a case study for, among other things, a new media problem: that of ubiquitous cameras.

Photos are all too easy to take, and they find their way all too quickly to the internet, where they persist long afterwards. When we use some of our freedom to evade a social prescription in one world, we open ourselves up to being forced to cross that line in all worlds. It is as if, having uttered a curse word once, that word is recorded, and played back constantly in front of everyone we ever meet—our bosses, our priests, our children, and our grandparents.

We can argue the socially-defined and evolving boundary lines of all of these things, but what we cannot argue is consent. Consent existed before photography, and will exist long after X-Ray Specs are invented. There have always been assholes that look at a safe space as simply a possibility for exploitation. Consent has never been fully respected by society, nor by its technology. That is no reason to continue to ignore it. Consent is a person’s ability to control their own body, including its image, now and into the future.

The fact that we might never have had full control over our body is not a reason to deny its existence. That exploitation is a historical fact does not make it a future given. Regardless of what technology exists and on what spot on the earth you happen to be standing in, you can either choose to respect consent, or you can choose to violate it.

via Glassholes and Black Rock City.

“It’s my goal to be bringing in new technology to make sure that students are aware that, you know, digital tools are disrupting all of our jobs and we need to learn about them and we need to discuss them.

via Drake University Gets a Drone – ABC5 News Des Moines, IA.

I completely agree. Teaching the skill of lifelong learning and instilling a passion for what’s next is the best way to arm communications students — who otherwise will be learning tactical skills that may be outdated by their second job out of school — for success. Kudos DU.

Chris Snider of Drake University on why they bought a drone for the J-School

There was an important Supreme Court ruling early in the day. An international fugitive was possibly on a flight from Moscow to Cuba. The Dow was diving. But by midday in the nation’s capital on Monday, a red panda who disappeared from the National Zoo had hijacked the news cycle.

via A Parallel Search for a Missing Panda – NYTimes.com.

A survey of journalists shows 39 percent consider themselves “digital first,” meaning that they publish news as it breaks rather than waiting for the next print issue, which means 61 percent of journalists are still thinking about traditional channels. About half believe their biggest audiences are online, so perhaps that’s quelling the adoption a bit. I wonder how they define online?

(via Survey Shows How Journalists Really Feel About the Digital Evolution)

I got pretty amped about drone journalism this time last year, and it’s slowly catching on within grassroots media organizations and those looking for an affordable, accessible way to tell a story from the air (election protests in Russia, Improv Everywhere in NY).

You won’t see CNN or NBC with drones flying above the Presidential inauguration or next high-profile court case — this year. But it’s my bet major news organizations are going to adopt this technology very soon. It’s cheap. It’s nimble. And nevermind those pesky privacy laws, drones get you into spaces journalists typically have to break trespassing laws to view.

Personally, I’m still waiting for the client opportunity where we can buy a camera-mounted hexacopter drone to capture brand content for a client. But, they’re a little pricey… today. We’ll get there.

And that’s why I’m excited for this organization who is creating high resolution maps using low cost, DIY technology like kites, balloons and cheap digital cameras.

Their most impressive effort to-date was mapping the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science’s (PLOTS) maps were the only high resolution images available at the onset of the spill and spread all over the world media because access to airspace was restricted and planes could not capture aerial photos using traditional methods.

Sunlight Foundation just posted a very good video feature on PLOTS. It’s worth watching and reading the entire piece if you have a few minutes. PLOTS website is also a treasure trove of cool technology capturing stellar images.

At the very least, I expect one client event activation in the next 6 months to include kite- or balloon-mounted cameras. That’s a dare!

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“We’re part of this struggle to legitimize the future of journalism.” – Chuck Olsen, co-founder of The Uptake, as part of his ongoing live piece about colleague Tom Elko being denied admittance to a Coleman press conference. If you’re quick, you can watch it live here.

I’m going tomorrow. Shoot me a DM if you’re there, and we haven’t met yet (@perfectporridge).

From the TC Daily Planet:

“Tools for Democracy, Strategies for Change” is the theme of the Twin Cities Media Alliance’s 4th Annual Fall Media Forum, tomorrow, Oct. 4, at the downtown Minneapolis Public Library.

Featured speakers include Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, on how citizens can use new media as tools for participation in electoral politics; Robyne Robinson on how to use mainstream media, and Amalia Anderson of the Main Street Project, on organizing for media reform and media justice.

Afternoon workshop topics will include media justice and media reform; digital skills training, and a talking circle for journalists, participants and bystanders who witnessed the RNC protests.

This event is open to the public and free of charge, but donations are welcome.

Online preregistration is now closed, but you may register onsite on the day of the forum.

I’m particularly interested to hear their perspective on the Steve Jobs/CNN iReport citizen journalism debacle from today and any lasting impact given the criticism coming from the MSM and SEC.

With the VP debate over now, it’s time to focus on more important things, like citizen journalism (CJ).

You’ve probably heard that Steve Jobs did not have a heart attack today, even though one person posted to that effect on CNN’s iReport CJ community.

But check this out via Silcon Valley Insider:

“Citizen journalism” apparently just failed its first significant test. A CNN iReport poster reported this morning that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the ER after a severe heart attack. Fortunately, it appears the story was false. We contacted an Apple spokeswoman, who categorically denied it.

CJ failed its first significant test? Really? This was the first ever test?

All of the CJ done around the elections so far have been a failure? Who is the judge of what’s a test and what’s success? Why does there have to be a test in the first place? I really resent this assertion.

People lie, play pranks and do stupid stuff all the time. I don’t excuse the person responsible and understand there were implications on the stock price, but condemning all CJ by this example is worse than the incident itself.

With MSM’s dislike of CJ, it’s unfortunate that CNN and it’s href=”iReport will become the story.

With that said, are there other examples of CJ affecting a stock price? Would love to hear them.

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