Citizen Media Watch

januari 2nd, 2007

Dan Gillmor's media predictions for 2007

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Dan Gillmor. Photo: Lotta HolmströmDan Gillmor is a wise man in the citizen media world, so it’s with interest I read his media predictions for 2007. They are about US media, but interesting none the less. And I like the quiz format of this post (which Gillmor’s borrowed from columnist William Safire).

9. The most important journalism innovation will be:
A. The combination of reputation and popularity in selecting news that matters
B. Sophisticated “Web 2.0″ mashups
C. A major investigation, reported in part by the audience, leading to significant state and/or federal legislation

(answer: all)


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januari 2nd, 2007

"Throw the bums out"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Steve Yelvington:

Here’s a New Year’s resolution every news site should make: Throw the bums out! There is no reason to allow a small number of bullies to corrupt a community discussion forum. If your message boards, story comments, or blogspace has turned into the kind of place where decent people can’t have a decent discussion, bring the hammer down … on behalf of the rest of your users.

I’ve made that decision on a number of occasions during 2006, and got rid of quite a few ”bums” on Aftonbladet‘s forums. Though did I do enough? Or too much?
A community can be sensitive to both extremes, and it’s exceptionally hard to find a good balance between getting rid of trouble-makers and keeping a free debate. It’s something I and the moderators of the forums discuss every week.
”An online community needs an explicit social contract”, Yelvington writes. That’s certainly worth a thought.



januari 2nd, 2007

Placeblogger – a new hub for hyperlocal blogging in the States

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Placeblogger.comA new site covering local and hyperlocal blogs has launched. Placeblogger.com is presented by Dan Gillmor’s Center for Citizens Media, Jay Rosen‘s PressThink and Lisa Williams’ H20Town.
The site defines a placeblog as ”an act of sustained attention to a particular place over time”. It’s not necessarily citizen journalism, but rather can contain what they call ”random acts of journalism”.

”Placeblogger.com’s goal is to serve the community of placebloggers”, said Lisa Williams at a presentation at The Berkman Center at Harvard.
She wants to make it easier for placebloggers to find eachother, among other things by using geotagging. The site also provides OPML readinglists for each country (there are a few placeblogs listed outside the US, but they’re not many), state and city.
Each blog is pinned to a map, has a short description and a few lines of the most recent posts.
There’s a Yahoo Group and mailing list connected to the site.

It’s also a one stop shopping for people who are interested in citizen journalism in the United States. You can actually see, instead of just theorize.

Here’s more of what Lisa Williams had to say about Placeblogger in the video clip from Harvard:

Lots of people talk of citizen journalism and hyperlocal media. This is what I think a placeblog is. A placeblog is about the lived experience of a place. I think that’s a useful definition, because when we talk about these sites as citizen journalism, it’s very easy to go to even the best of these sites, take a look at it for 15 seconds, say ”what a crappy newspaper” and hit the Back button.
And that’s because most of us are extremely fortunate. Our lived experience of the place we live in when we walk out the door is not news. And if it is, one of two terrible things have happened to you. 1) you have become a celebrity, which is awful, or 2) you live in warzone.
For most of these places where they live, they are talking about lived experience of the place. And, sure, there’s news in that, random acts of journalism. But they’re also talking about what it’s like to live in this particular place and talk to these particular people, eat somewhere and take the bus somewhere.
I think that the relationship between placeblogs and newspapers is that the newspaper publishes the slice of the lived experience of that place that is newsworthy.

I checked out the five blogs about Boulder, CO. One thing that would have been cool would be a combined rss feed for all of them, showing the different posts sorted by date rather than by blog, which would be the effect if I added them to a Boulder folder in my RSS reader.

Update:
A similar site (?) in the making seems to be K. Paul Mallasch‘s Local journalism.net. Not much info there yet: ”This is a project I’ve started to keep track of specific examples of local journalism (aka citizen journalism aka grassroots journalism) websites. Stay tuned for more.” Though the tagline seems to imply it’s more of a corporate initiative: ”Your Guide to Citizen Journalism Startups”


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januari 2nd, 2007

Video clip ethics and the death of Saddam Hussein

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Beta Alfa poses some important questions about video clip sites and the death video of Saddam Hussein. My translation.

Is it okay to publish images of real executions?
Is it okay that this clip now most likely is being spread between children’s cell phones?
Is it okay because it’s Saddam Hussein?
Would it have been wrong if it would have been an unknown person?
Would it have been wrong had it been an accident?
Should video sites take their responsibility and make this clip less accessible?
Where do you draw such a line – who decides what’s okay?

The questions could be asked of traditional media too. Still images of the dead Hussein have been shown, as well as video clips of the preparations for the hanging.
Beta Alfa writes that he has no answers to these questions. Neither do I. But they are important none the less.


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januari 2nd, 2007

Statistics: Most linked-to in Swedish blogs

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Johan Larsson at Knuff has a list of the most linked-to blog posts, news articles, books, IMDB pages, embedded videos and Wikipedia articles for 2006.

The most linked to blog post was made by Marcus Birro, a manifesto for culture. It got linked to in 59 other blogs (well, 60 with this one I guess). Interesting to see that a post in that field can create such buzz.


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