All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Citizen Journalism’
Is this proof that Google Glass will “change citizen journalism forever?” Or is it just another example of how Google Glass and other wearable tech is about to make it impossible to do anything without the constant, watchful eye of a surreptitious camera? Google Glass explorer and founder of PRserve Chris Barrett caught what is probably the first arrest to …
Could technology give us a more open and more secure government? There is an increasing need for stronger accountability of government and thus greater demands on transparency of the diplomatic and national security apparatus. However, despite the advent of WikiLeaks, which purports to expose cover-ups, exploitation and corruption by making the evidence publicly available, there are still many political and …
CNN is reportedly suing a man who claims to be one of its iReporters. If you’re unfamiliar with iReport, it’s CNN’s citizen journalism site. This is a destination where regular people can submit news stories, and if CNN deems them worthy, they may pick them up for mainstream coverage. One such person has been going around giving himself titles like iReporter for CNN, and the news organization evidently doesn’t like that.
Google News is now labeling certain publications as blogs in search results. I’m not sure exactly how long it has been like this, but I noticed it for the first time today. In the past they have separated "news" and "blogs" on some results pages, but in what I’m talking about now, the results are mixed together, but some publications have "(blog)" written beside their names.
You can see a few examples here:
Over the weekend, YouTube made a couple news-oriented announcements. It would appear that the site is looking to become more of a resource for news content than ever before, and that means news from established publishers as well as amateurs.
Publishers Invited to Become YouTube Partners
I’ve been meaning to mention this before, but Jay Rosen, the brains behind NewAssignment.net and its various spinoffs — including OffTheBus, the citizen-journalism political reporting venture with Huffington Post — has a new project that he told me about when we met for a drink while he was in Toronto for the Online News Association conference (he told the conference about it too).
It’s not exactly a stretch to say the White House has public relations issues. For the most part, though, footage that could be held against them has been dug up by the Daily Show more than the mainstream media. And then came YouTube.
What you might call a fringe group – global conspiracy prophets are fringe, right? – have uploaded an obscure video from 1994, where then former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney defended the decision not to invade Iraq following the Gulf War (a decision which, if you remember in fairness, broke poor Al Gore’s heart).
I may have spoken too soon yesterday, lauding the freedom of the press in America, contrasting it with Venezuelan President Chavez’ takeover of the airwaves. I didn’t speak out of turn, however, when sharing a sincere appreciation for the power of YouTube.
Add Big Pharma to the list of corporate magistrates that will faithfully and gradually raise consumer ire – that list already including Congress, Big Oil, telecoms, cable, tobacco, and media – as "the people," i.e., the organic proletariat that operates outside of the boardroom, subvert the previously impenetrable by taking their complaints to YouTube.
|“YouTube Gives Straight Dope On Big Pharma”|
Content sharing sites such as YouTube have become effective platforms for many aspiring performers to showcase their talents to the world. It seems that now mainstream journalism is beginning to embrace the cultural phenomenon of user-generated content as the next step in the evolution of mainstream media.