News: What’s it to you? Mainstream News and Citizen Journalism Image: paulgillin/ NewsPaperDeathWatch
Photo: kylerzeleny/Flickr <ul><li>The news has always </li></ul><ul><li>had a large presence </li></ul><ul><li>in everyday life. </li></ul>
Photo: linkedmediagrp/Flickr With the introduction of social media however, the definition of what the news is, as well as the sources of news have both changed drastically .
News is becoming more of a participatory conversation. Image: OregonDOT/Flickr
Many people credit this change to “Citizen Journalism” <ul><li>Or journalism by non journalists , “refers to individuals </li></ul><ul><li>playing an active role in the process of collecting, </li></ul><ul><li>reporting, sorting, analyzing and disseminating news </li></ul><ul><li>and information—a task once reserved almost </li></ul><ul><li>exclusively to the news media.” (Lasica, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Photo:illyjac/Flickr </li></ul>
The news is now being delivered from many people across multiple platforms Image: shapeshift /Flickr
As a result, mainstream news sources are having a tough time holding onto an audience. Image: lakewentworth/Flickr
<ul><li>These alternative sources </li></ul><ul><li>of media, like mainstream media, also have bias. </li></ul><ul><li>However, we seem to be aware of the biases that come with personal journalism, but instead of showcasing them like on mainstream journalism, they are embraced. </li></ul>Image: dermot_reeve/Flickr
<ul><li>September 11, 2001 and London Bombings of July 7, 2005 have both been credited with being the fist cases of citizen journalism. </li></ul>Both incidents occurred after the morning newspaper had already been delivered. Photo: Mike Licht NotionsCapital.com/Flickr
Photo: Mike Gilbert Photography/Flickr <ul><li>Since many news sources were unable to get right to the scene at the moments they happened, citizens present were the ones reporting. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Citizens present in both scenarios quickly found themselves documenting the events by taking photos, video, or blogging. They were posted on the internet for their friends, family, and unbeknownst to them, the world to see. </li></ul>(Image: Scoopt/BBC News)
<ul><li>“ By lunchtime the BBC had received 5,000 images, and by the end of the day 10,000” </li></ul><ul><li>-Torin Doublas, BBC News </li></ul>Photos from London Bombings: 1)Adam Stacey 2) Warren McKenzie/BBC News 3)Annonymus/BBC News Many mainstream news sources were sent an influx of photos that citizens had taken.
Photo:Dominique K/Flickr <ul><li>Commenters and fellow bloggers add to the conversation through commenting, or adding multimedia. Thus, the stories are enhanced through different perspectives. </li></ul>
Photo: chigmaroff/Flickr <ul><li>Have the interest and expertise in a certain field </li></ul><ul><li>No timeline </li></ul><ul><li>No regulations on language </li></ul><ul><li>More personal feel </li></ul><ul><li>Visually pleasing </li></ul>Some “ pros ” of citizen journalism include..
Photo: besfort z/Flickr Where does this leave mainstream news media?
<ul><li>Panduka Senaka </li></ul>Photo:digitaljournal.com/Flickr On the television, in the paper and online, news sources are always asking for citizens input. Whether it is through comments, photos and videos, or testimonies.
News sources have noticed this rise in citizen journalism, & have introduced different news delivery methods across the same platforms citizen journalists and audiences use. Photo: femiknitter/Flickr
Photo: johnturner/Flickr One of the most popular ways is through twitter. This allows for news teams to add more to a story, and to follow up with others .
Photo : Anthony Quintano/Flickr <ul><li>This often comes in the form of a online team, or individual reporters having their own twitter account. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Even social media websites, designed for interaction between others, deliver to us in a </li></ul><ul><li>“ news like” fashion: </li></ul>Image: Mehfuz Hossain/Flickr Facebook - news feed Twitter - headlines Link enabled, video and photo friendly
Photo: 1) PaytonLow/Flickr 2) RobbMontgomery/Flickr <ul><li>Further, the advent of the smart phone and tablet has made it even easier for citizens to blog, share, and connect with traditional news sources. </li></ul>
Photo:*KarenT*/Flickr <ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggers tend to use stories from major news organizations and cover them, therefore strengthening the influence of mainstream media in a sense. </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Some citizen journalists use their blogs to watch over the mainstream news to point out incorrect or missing information. </li></ul>Photo: JSF ✯/Flickr
Photo:Frozen Canuck/Flickr <ul><li>The question is, if citizen journalists are keeping tabs on mainstream news, who is looking over the citizen journalists? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we really give them as much or more credibility than mainstream news? </li></ul>
Photo: basheertome/Flickr <ul><li>What do you think? Does the power to deliver news rest on citizens, or the mainstream news? Or it is more give and take? </li></ul>
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