Citizen Media Watch

februari 8th, 2007

Video clip on citizen journalism

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom


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 top names and their reflections. So it’s well worth watching. There’s also a part focusing on vlogging which is interesting.
Interviewed in the video are among others Lisa Williams, Ethan Zuckerman, Chris Daly, John R. Stilgoe, Steve Garfield, Janaka Stucky, Susan Fleischmann, Remus Brice and Bill Densmore.


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februari 8th, 2007

Geotagging makes YouTube videos local at iCommunity.TV

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

iCommunityTviCommunity.TV is a new mashup service of YouTube and Google maps. As I predicted, geotagging will be big this year, and this is a good example, even if it remains to be seen how widely used the site will be – so far there are about 26 ”place channels” which lets you watch video related to a certain city. Each videoclip is pin-pointed on a map. The geotagging and sorting into different news categories is done by the site’s users.

It’s interesting to see that the site has journalistic ambitions.
– We like to think of it as an experiment to further explore the potential of citizen reporting, says Chris Haller of eParticipation.com, the company behind iCommunity.tv.
The focus is said to be local news, but there are also a bunch of entertainment/music clips with local connections. You can subscribe to the channels for different cities or news categories.
From the front page presentation:

We believe that Youtube.com offers more than diet coke+mentos and the beer cannon. This website is dedicated to giving citizen reporting a video platform, by adding location to news footage hosted on Youtube and distributing it through various local news channels.


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