Citizen Media Watch

januari 21st, 2007

Resources for citizen journalism training

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

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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januari 21st, 2007

BBC to open up journalism training site to the public

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

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 year. The site will be a training resource for journalists and citizens alike.

The site launches with 500 pages and over 40 video clips with both practical exercises, how-to guides helping journalists of all levels to improve their skills, and theoretical discussions on the practice of journalism aimed to stimulate debate.

(via CyberJournalist)


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januari 20th, 2007

We Media online film festival – submit video clips on "My Community"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

iFocos has announced an online We Media film festival at the We Media conference in Miami in February. Any vlogger can participate by submitting a link to their video clip to http://video.ifocos.org. The video clips should be about ”My Community”. The deadline for submitting is Feb. 2.
Read more at the We Media blog.


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januari 20th, 2007

Making the renaissance look like the Dark Ages

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Take a look at this guy. His name is Zak George, a 28 year old dog trainer who travels around the States and performs with his dogs, who’s learnt to catch frisbees. And, he’s got some pretty good questions for the YouTube community.

The Internet and YouTube in general are really gonna make the renaissance look like the Dark Ages. That’s the era that we’re in right now.
I’d like to know where you see the future YouTube going and how it’s going to impact the world globally.
Why do you tube?

Not everyone seems to take him seriously though, judging from a majority of the 3000+ comments his video has got. But there are people taking him seriously enough. There are 20 video replies, and a discussion – and quite a bit of ridiculing – going on over at YouTube.

On the same theme, Stephanie Kinnear at Pasadena weekly writes:

We are entering a new era of citizen involvement. Think of it as a high-tech Neighborhood Watch. Kids with obscenely expensive cell phones are looking out for the little guy, and that’s a good thing.

(via Social Media)


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januari 19th, 2007

"Money could bridge the gap between blogging and journalism"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

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 – investigative journalism takes time. None seems to worry about lacking journalistic training.

Though the first thought that struck me was ”do we want to turn blogging into journalism?”. Blogging isn’t journalism, though it can be. It’s merely a platform, how you use it is up to you as a blogger. And it should be.
I wouldn’t want all blogs to be ”just” journalism. The opinionated, wild stuff is part of what makes a blog a blog. But I do know what Sabater is getting at.
These are the questions she’s been asked to answer, in preparation for a talk at Harvard.

If we believe in an informed and engaged citizenry, what does that require? What skills and information do citizens need? What is important political information that bloggers and other new media types can provide that isn’t currently being available or accessible? What is essential political information for a citizen in the new era? Is there such a thing?

The important thing here is numbers, I think. A blogger on his or her own is pretty powerless, but we come in numbers. And the collective skills are powerful, as is the contact base. Bloggers can be watchdogs. Through collaboration they can investigate – if each devotes a little time, and contributes his/her skills.

What is needed, then? The same possibilities for insight into companies, parties, government bodies etc as journalists have. Open up the press conferences to bloggers, publish how-to’s to the public on how to search for information in public documents and databases, create a blogger knowledge database where bloggers can find other bloggers who are experts in a specific area and are volunteering to help out.


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januari 19th, 2007

Bubblare.se announces award to best video clip

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Swedish YouTube clone Bubblare.se has announced that they will award the best video clip with Guldbubblan (the golden bubble, a parallel to Swedish movie award Guldbaggen, the golden beetle).
From the Bubblare blog (my translation):

Guldbaggen and other film and tv awards disregard online video, despite its big share in many peoples film consumption. That’s why Bubblare.se has introduced an award for those who make their own online videos.

Bubblare presents five nominees, all of them videos uploaded to Bubblare.se during 2006. Clips to be considered for upcoming Guldbubblan need to be produced in Sweden, internet format, creative and entertaining, viral. And, of course, uploaded to Bubblare.se.

The award will be presented during the Guldbaggen ceremony – but outside the building. Now how’s that for symbolism…!

(via BetaAlfa)


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januari 19th, 2007

Media shift and the new blog portal

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

After a few hectic days at work, I am far behind both blogging and reading blogs. One reason is pretty exciting though. Yesterday aftonbladet.se celebrated being the largest news medium in Sweden, which we celebrated with a seminar and party.
Yes, the web edition is larger than the paper edition, and larger than Metro (measured in number of readers per day). That’s a significant shift. And a tremendous challenge for me and my colleagues. And I think that providing tools for our readers to become participants is essential if we’re to stay in the lead.

Bloggportalen.se

The other exciting thing at work is the re-launch of Bloggportalen, Aftonbladet’s blog portal site which no longer is simply a catalogue. The new version has a number of new features, including a toplist of most linked-to blog posts, blogs and news stories, local editions with maps of where the bloggers live, and the most recent blog posts displayed in each category. From my perspective, it will be a great tool for finding related links from the blogosphere to news stories, and also to find fresh ideas of what to pick up at Läsarbladet, where I frequently link to blogs and blog posts.

Sigge has all the details, though in Swedish.


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januari 17th, 2007

Interviewed by lab:kloud9

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Jonathan at lab:kloud9 was kind enough to include me in their series of Webb Dialogues. Here’s the interview, in which I talk a bit about my background, my outlook on citizen media, and some of the trends I perceive as strong today.


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januari 16th, 2007

Campaigning to Save the Internet

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Save the Internet

A few days ago, Save the Internet – a coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses and bloggers for network neutrality – launched a grassroot campaign for a free and accessible internet: The Internet Freedom Declaration of 2007.

The Internet has become a vital engine for democratic participation, economic innovation and free speech.
As the Internet becomes our public square and economic marketplace, Internet access must be regarded as a civil right for all Americans. The attempt by some to act as Internet gatekeepers imperils the social and economic promise that the Internet holds for our future. Congress and other public officials have a vital role to play in preserving Internet freedom and ensuring that America’s communications infrastructure benefits the common good.

The declaration is directed to ”the American congress and other public officials”. But it’s not only the US that they are concerned about. Universal Affordable Access is at the top of the list of demands. The other items on the list are An Open and Neutral Network and World Class Quality through Competition.
Ben Hammersley. Photo: Lotta Holmström
Upon reading this, the words of photographer and writer Ben Hammersley ring in my ears, from when he listed his octet of things that will fundamentally change society in the 21st century (back at Bloggforum 3.0 in November 2005 – the book will be published this October). ”To hold it (the development – my remark) back is a social thing, a political thing.”
So is the Congress going to listen? Aren’t they the ”men in suits” that Hammersley talks about…

These are the big ideas that really freak the men in suits out. These really scare people. Because every single one of these ideas, even the things that the people in this room are sitting thinking ‘well, we do that all the time anyway’…
We’re really scary.

Hammersley says the responsibility is ours, though. Us bloggers. We need to keep doing what we’re doing, or we’ll lose the right to do it.

(via Social Media)



januari 16th, 2007

Joost: The project formerly known as Venice

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Joost screenshot provided by Joost

Funny, I really liked the name ”The Venice Project”. Oh well. Today they announced they’re Joost. And they’re opening up for a bunch of new beta applications.

What Joost is is basically tv on demand with interactive features. You can browse through the different channels while a program is running in the background, you can chat with other viewers (someone will have to explain the idea of the chat to me though – the way I get it you chat with other people watching the same program, but since it’s on demand you won’t be seeing the same things at the same time…?), add a ticker for any RSS feed you like, and some other stuff.

I’ve been trying the service out for a while, and apart from content that doesn’t really excite me, it looks promising. The content issue isn’t really an issue at this stage, though they’ll of course need better material when they get off beta.


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