Citizen Media Watch

juni 3rd, 2007

Slots available to give a presentation at PodCamp Europe

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

PodCamp Europe is coming up in ten days (June 12-13, in Stockholm, Sweden), and by the looks of it it will be a cool event. But there are still slots to fill in the presentation schedule. If you have something to say about podcasting, blogging or social media in general, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

What is PodCamp Europe? It’s an UnConference of podcasters, bloggers, and new media professionals & amateurs for two days to share, explore, challenge, and grow our abilities in new media. Learn about audio and video podcasting, blogging, photography, Second Life, Twitter, and all kinds of other new and social media tools. Whether you’re a veteran or interested in getting started, PodCamp is for YOU.

My personal requests/wishes for speakers/topics:

  • it would be nice to get a presentation from the guys from Twingly (who are coming to PodCamp anyway)
  • something on vlogging and how it’s developed
  • community management and trolls
  • creativity at the core – why all this tech stuff is just different tools of expression. I’d like to hear this from someone who expresses herself/himself creatively, an inspiring pep-talk with an artist’s perspective on the web, with examples of creative projects to join or steal ideas from ; )
  • gadgets – what are the best options for blogging and podcasting today
  • someone from trig.com – how’s it going?

What would you like to hear?

If you don’t want to make a presentation, make sure to sign up as a participant for PodCamp Europe anyway. If Hey2007 was cool in the way interaction and blogging in different ways was encouraged, I am hoping an unconference will be even more so. And as far as I know this will be the first unconference to be held in Sweden.


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maj 16th, 2007

Damon Rasti: When you can influence content you are more okay with ads

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Damon Rasti at Stockholm media week

Tjuvlyssnat.se is a Swedish version of the popular US blog ”Overheard in New York”. In a short period of time it has gained a great success, being the most read blog on Bloggportalen.se, and last summer the blog landed a book deal. The book is also very successful.

Last week Damon Rasti, one of the people behind the site, talked a bit about Tjuvlyssnat on Stockholm Media Week.
Tjuvlyssnat started out as a hobby project between Damon and his friend. They started publishing conversation they had overheard, and the site got a lot of attention. More and more people started contributing.
– It’s everyday conversation, but here they are collected in one place, said Rasti. It reminds you of gossip, but it is more innocent.
The people in the conversations are usually anonymous everyday people.
– It’s never been our intention to expose celebrities.

Tjuvlyssnat.se is ad financed, and it’s going very well.
– When you can influence and contribute content you are much more okay with ads. You understand they are necessary to keep the site going.

Rasti said he has many new projects coming up, one of them with a major media company. But as the papers were not yet signed, that was all he wanted to reveal. Also he’s working on a mashup and two new sites for young girls.


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maj 16th, 2007

Reports from the SJF debate on user generated content

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

I haven’t had time to write about the SJF panel debate on citizen media the other day, so I was happy to see that Media Culpa and Andreas Aspegren have done the job for me. And a good job too.

On the whole it was an odd situation, being in a debate with my employer’s main competitor suddenly on my side, and the other side consisting of representatives of my own trade union. These are strange times.
It was however a good and necessary debate which high-lighted for me some of the dangers of the conservatism in the press corps.


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maj 8th, 2007

Presentation and debate

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

I have a busy week coming up. Thursday I’ll give a presentation at Karlstad University on citizen media and how we work with participatory journalism at aftonbladet.se. Also some important challenges for news sites and some trends I see in the near future. Should be fun.
The other speakers are Fredrik Wackå and Robin Hamman, so I’ll be in good company. I’m really looking forward to Hamman’s presentation of the Manchester blogging project and how the BBC is working with educating people to become bloggers through workshops.

Tomorrow morning I hope to have time to stop by Stockholm Media Week to listen to Damon Rasti talk about web2.0 and a panel on local as ”the new black”.

Then on Monday I’ll participate in a debate hosted by the Swedish Journalists’ Union on Citizen journalism – ”threat or opportunity”. It’s to take place at Cafe Aguéli, Blecktornsgränd 9, Stockholm, at 19.30. It’s free and open for all. Jonas Morian hoped for more bloggers/citizen media people in the panel as opposed to journalists, and I can see his concern. Let’s hope for a lot of them in the audience.


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april 20th, 2007

Hej! 2007 coverage

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

hej 2007 logoTomorrow’s Hej! 2007 conference in Stockholm will focus on web 2.0. I’ll be attending the conference and will try to blog as much as I can, live, in texts and photos. Whether on this blog or on my personal blog will depend on how much relevance the subjects will have to citizen media. The photos will probably end up on my Flickr account.

From the description of the spirit of Hej! 2007 it sounds great:

We don’t want it to be some stuffy old seminar where everyone sits for hours on end. We want people to talk, walk, mingle, laugh and cheer. Oh. And we really don’t like suits. Jeans are cool. So leave your suits at home and bring that laptop and a healthy dose of enthusiasm and cheer!

Here’s an article in Swedish on Hej! 2007 and the importance of credibility and trust as users come more into focus online. Eric Wahlforss and Alexander Ljung are ”trust consultants”, and two of tomorrow’s speakers. They will talk about some of their experiences from a three month study trip in the US. Should be interesting.
Here’s the list of all speakers.


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april 20th, 2007

More than two million characters created in Habbo Sweden

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

HabboIn a country with only nine million inhabitants, the virtual world Habbo having 2 098 571 registered characters is quite an accomplishment. Habbo is a community for teenagers where you create virtual characters that inhabit a world that is compared with a virtual youth center by Habbo themselves.
In a press statement, Habbo writes (my translation):

If Habbo was a town it would be bigger than Stockholm, thus becoming the largest city in Sweden. Habbo is also growing globally. Today there are more than 76 million virtual Habbo characters worldwide. This can be compared to Second Life which has around 5,3 virtual inhabitants.
The reason behind the fast growth is a continuos creative development of the community. All the time new activities are added, which are exciting, informative and fun.

Among the activities mentioned is a guest appearance by Swedish singer Darin and q&a with representatives from the youth section of the Red Cross.


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april 16th, 2007

PodCamp Europe – Sweden's first unconference – to be held in Stockholm

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Anyone who can make it to Stockholm on June 12-13 should check out PodCamp Europe. I’m quite excited to hear about what is most likely Sweden’s first unconference. The concept is that the knowledge stems from the audience, so everyone is a potential speaker. And yeah, the event is free!
I’ve registered and really hope to make it.

What is PodCamp Europe? It’s an UnConference of podcasters, bloggers, and new media professionals & amateurs for two days to share, explore, challenge, and grow our abilities in new media. Learn about audio and video podcasting, blogging, photography, Second Life, Twitter, and all kinds of other new and social media tools. Whether you’re a veteran or interested in getting started, PodCamp is for YOU.

(via Media Culpa)


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mars 15th, 2007

Swedish citizen journalism/activism wiki launched

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Digital IdagToday Oscar Swartz launched his Swedish citizen journalism wiki, for which he’s received funding from II-Stiftelsen. The name of the site is Digital Idag (”digital today”). The site is in beta, and its first project is a campaign – against the proposed FRA law that I wrote about earlier (also a summary of some blog posts here, in Swedish).
It’s an interesting approach, as campaign journalism is a rather narrow field of (citizen) journalism, and along with Swartz’ well-known views it brings an activist focus to the site.
Swartz writes (my translation):

Anyone who’s passionate about the freedom of information and communication should go there and start filling it (the wiki) with information. It’s a site for anyone who wants to be digital today, not tomorrow. Hence ”Digital idag”!

Previous post on the same subject:
Oscar Swartz to set up citizen journalism wiki


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mars 2nd, 2007

Swedish youth community closes at night

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Habbo.seSwedish youth community Habbo.se announced today that their community site for teenagers will be closed at night, between 1am and 7am. In a press release, Alexander von Roth, CEO for Habbo Sweden, commented the decision (my, somewhat free, translation):

The thought behind the decision is that Habbo, like other places where young people meet, should have a set closing hour. We want our users to be alert when they go to school in the morning. Closing the site at night is part of our ambition to make Habbo a safe and fun meeting place for our users.

Other steps that Habbo has taken to achieve this is to have grown-ups monitor the site and answer questions and offer support to the users, a language filter that will take away personal info, swear-words and racist expressions, phone support for parents, guidelines for Habbo usage, and a guide for the users parents.

While all these things are certainly recommendable, I wonder if closing Habbo at night is really good for business.


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februari 26th, 2007

Colleague wanted!

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Yep, we are hiring. If you’re passionate about citizen media and citizen journalism, this might be the job for you. If you’re a Swede, that is, because Swedish is our language of communication.
You’d be a part of a small team working with Aftonbladet.se‘s blogs and forums, Bloggportalen, photos and videos our visitors contribute with etc.
Most likely you’ll have a journalistic background.
Read the ad at Aftonbladet.se and apply before March 15.


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