Tag: Citizen journalism

Investigative journalism from a Swedish blogger

• February 23, 2007 • Comments (2)

Swedish blogger Pawal at Datasvammel made the headlines of several of the major news media in Sweden Wednesday, when he revealed that Swedish State television uses a UK service to filter their incoming email. There’s a current debate about data surveillance in Sweden, since the government wants to increase the possibilities for Försvarets radioanstalt, FRA […]

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AP and NowPublic partnership brings local cit-journ into big media

• February 13, 2007 • Comments (0)

Interesting partnership between the Associated Press and citizen journalism site NowPublic.com for local news. In a press release the two companies wrote that “the goal of the effort is to expand the world’s access to news as it happens”. CyberJournalist has more.

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Video clip on citizen journalism

• February 8, 2007 • Comments (1)
Video clip on citizen journalism

Click To Play iCommunity.TV points to a video clip which is the result of a 3-month documentary production course at Cambridge Community Television. The video is about citizen journalism and its implications. Though a bit long (15 minutes) and overloaded with voices saying “citizen journalism” over and over, it does feature some of the field’s […]

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New report: Citizen media here to stay

• February 6, 2007 • Comments (1)

The Institute for Interactive Journalism, J-Lab, has released a lenthy study on hyperlocal citizen media and its sustainability over time. In a news release, J-Lab writes: Most citizen media ventures are shoestring labors of love, funded out of the founders’ own pockets, and staffed by volunteer content contributors. While they’d like more readers and revenues, […]

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"20 million editors" became 400

• February 1, 2007 • Comments (1)

Netzeitung, an online newspaper in Germany, started its citizen journalsim project “The Readers Edition” in June 2006. When announcing the project, they called out for “20 million editors”. What they got was around 400 regulars. Which is probably for the better – with 20 million people the content would be much harder to grasp. The […]

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Resources for citizen journalism training

• January 21, 2007 • Comments (0)

Here are some resources which might answer Lisa Sabater’s question about what citizens need to become full-fledged citizen journalists. It’s the blog Journalistopia that has collected a number of good resources “for citizen journalism techniques, tutorials”. (via Social Media, where JD Lasica also points to the citizen journalism section at Ourmedia Learning Center)

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BBC to open up journalism training site to the public

• January 21, 2007 • Comments (0)

Speaking of what bloggers need to approach journalism… The BBC are doing what they can to bridge the gap and educate citizens about the rules and workings of the journalistic trade. They are launching a training site to improve their journalism, and intend to open it up to the public at the end of the […]

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"Money could bridge the gap between blogging and journalism"

• January 19, 2007 • Comments (0)

Lisa Sabater at the Daily Gotham poses a question. What do we need to turn blogging into real citizen journalism? She’s asking the readers of her blog for an answer, and the replies are stating one thing to be the main factor: money. Money for tools (computer equipment, voice recorders, cameras etc), and for time […]

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Backfence's Mark Potts: We're reevaluating our strategy

• January 11, 2007 • Comments (0)

Following my post summing up some of the buzz around local citizen journalism effort Backfence after the recent layoffs, I asked co-founder Mark Potts to clarify a few things about where the company’s at. Here’s a quick email interview. Me: I’m really curious about your business model. Is there enough money in the local market […]

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A call for excellence in journalism

• January 9, 2007 • Comments (0)

Democracy is under threat, as “old media” is cutting down and the discussion goes along the lines if “excellence” is needed since it costs too much. “New media” has yet to deliver when it comes to national and international coverage. In a reaction against the phrase “needless excellence”, Tom Stites has written an essay on […]

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Zoom lenses for cellphones to fuel the citizen paparazzi trend?

• January 8, 2007 • Comments (0)
Zoom lenses for cellphones to fuel the citizen paparazzi trend?

Hong Kong-based Mobile Brando has developed a tele lens for Sony Ericsson cellphones, writes Norwegian tech site forbruker.no. It also works with Nokia cellphones by changing the back piece to one with a lens mount. The lens is equipped with a 6x zoom, handles wide angle footage, and will cost around 19 dollars. The main […]

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Johan Jernemalm – Aftonbladet's "citizen photographer of the year"

• January 8, 2007 • Comments (0)
Johan Jernemalm - Aftonbladet's "citizen photographer of the year"

From the thousands of citizen photographers sending their photos to Aftonbladet in 2006, eight finalists were selected. The readers got to decide which one of them were to be named Citizen photographer of the year. The winner is Johan Jernemalm, a 38-year-old who happened to witness a robbery at Stockholm department store NK. He heard […]

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