Citizen Media Watch

februari 5th, 2007

Collaborative novel writing at Penguin

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

David Kaplan at writes about a new site by Penguin publishing house: A Million Penguins. The site is a wiki where users can contribute to a novel that is to be written in only six weeks time.
Creative writing students set up the framework for the story, and editors will report on the progress. According to Reuters, Penguin are not planning to publish the finished work in the form of a book.

”This is an experiment. It may end up like reading a bowl of alphabet spaghetti,” Jeremy Ettinghausen, head of digital publishing at Penguin UK said

Ettinghausen also writes about the project in his blog:

Over the next six weeks we want to see whether a community can really get together, put creative differences aside (or sort them out through discussion) and produce a novel. We honestly don’t know how this is going to turn out – it’s an experiment. Some disciplines rely completely on collaboration, while others – the writing of a novel, for example – have traditionally been the work of an individual working in isolation. But with collaboration, crowdsourcing and the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ being buzz words du jour, we thought we might as well see if these new trends can be applied to a less obvious sphere than, say, software development.

A couple of commentors on Kaplan’s post point to similar projects that might be worth checking out – Glypho and Poups (the latter in German).


februari 5th, 2007

A Jungian persona definition of "old media"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

The other day I wrote about Howard Owens‘ attempts to come up with a term that defines the ”new” in journalism. He arrived at ”personal journalism”, as opposed to ”definitive-voice journalism”.
Andy Dickinson also read the posts, and suggests that rather than calling the old media-style of journalism ”definitive-voice”, we should call it Persona Journalism, derived from the Jungian idea of persona.

Persona Journalism is old-school public journalism. It is written by many people, but presented in the voice of one person. That person is ‘a mask or appearance one presents to the world’. The persona will change as the situation dictates. It will present views as values, facts, fairness, truth telling and good reporting. Persona journalism reports the story, but hides who the journalists are, what drives them and what they find important.

februari 5th, 2007


Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

In an attempt to catch up with news about citizen media, here’s a list of interesting things I would have written more in-depth on, had I had the time:

  • Of course I need to start with the Nieman report‘s winter issue, which is all about ”Journalism 2.0”. Titled ”Goodbye Gutenberg”, it contains a whole bunch of interesting articles. One of those is Craig ”Craigslist” Newmark‘s piece on Community Building on the Web: Implications for Journalism
  • Viacom‘s demand on YouTube to remove the clips that come from its networks, including MTV and Comedy Central.
  • 28 percent of internet users tag content, according to Pew.
  • ”It’s amazing how new technology can bring so many of us together”, says Hillary Clinton as she replies to viewers questions in the first of a series of video chats. Mastering social media will be a key issue in the upcoming presidential election.
  • Jeff Jarvis on Davos07:

    Perhaps the most important ‘ding’ moment I had at Davos was that the powerful are, no surprise, one step behind in their understanding of the true significance of the internet: They think it is all about individual action when, in truth, it’s about collective action. And so they don’t yet see that the internet will shift power even more than they realize.

  • David Cohn: Breakthrough ideas for 2007 — they are already here
  • Tent city citizen media – a homeless woman films police as they take away her and many other homeless people’s temporary homes. Technology as a way to fight back. (via Howard Owens)
  • Social media invade Superbowl
  • Swedish top bloggers harassed. An Aftonbladet story on bloggers Carolina Lassbo and Engla that is widely commented in the Swedish blogosphere.
  • JD Lasica on map mashups and the future of service journalism
  • An OhMyNews story on local citizen journalism in Indonesia. And JD Lasica points to a new citizen journalism initiative in India.
  • Red Herring: NY Times to post user-generated videos
  • Mathew Ingram: Should all journalists be bloggers?
  • Martin Stabe on the relationship between blogging and journalism
  • Blogumentary – an hour long video ducumentary about blogs by Chuck Olsen (via Dan Gillmor)

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