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KCB201 Week 10 Lecture (Jason Wilson): Citizen Journalism


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Week 10 lecture slides by Jason Wilson for KCB201 Virtual Cultures in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, semester 1/2008.

Week 10 lecture slides by Jason Wilson for KCB201 Virtual Cultures in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, semester 1/2008.

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  • 1. “ Citizen journalism” KCB201 Dr Jason Wilson Research Associate [email_address]
  • 2. Youdecide2007
    • Citizen journalism project run during Australian Federal Election
    • Part of ARC Linkage Project - QUT CIF, SBS, OLO, Cisco Systems and Brisbane Institute.
  • 3. Youdecide2007
    • Aggregated, hyperlocal, crowdsourced model of citizen journalism.
    • Small team coordinated citizens reporting on the contest in their electorates.
    • Vital statistics - 2000+ registered users, 230+ submitted articles from 50+ electorates.
  • 4. Youdecide2007
  • 5. Youdecide2007
    • Rationale: finding out about the audience base for cit j; relationships between online independent media and MSM
    • Importantly - what does the work of facilitating citizen journalism entail? How does it differ from traditional journalism?
  • 6. Queensland Decides
    • Queensland local government elections
    • A project that aimed to learn the lessons from youdecide2007
    • Similar “aggregated-hyperlocal” structure, but simplified submission
  • 7. Preditor”
    • From Miller: “new media employees who perform both production and editorial roles. [This is] an emblem of the shift toward media industries as content producing and organizing, rather than the production of new and original cultural works.”
  • 8. 4 kinds of preditor labour in citizen journalism
  • 9. Content work
    • Editing user contributions to meet legal/regulatory and quality requirements.
    • Making news content to guarantee content flows, provide models of practice, and to draw users.
    • [chart]
  • 10. Networking
    • Making links with existing news channels, organisations and colleagues.
    • Pushing out and pulling in content in a networked news environment .
  • 11. Community work
    • Providing users with training, site-specific information and mediation .
    • Providing both structural and personal solutions for users’ needs
    • Cultivating “super-contributors”.
  • 12. Tech work
    • On-site tech work (CMS, web design)
    • Off-site tech work (Content, networking and community work using other apps)
    • Meta-tech wor
  • 13. Implications
    • Some elements of trad journalistic work, some new elements.
    • Implications for organisations moving to harness UGC, independent initiatives, but also journalism education.
    • Implies less competitive, more collegial and community-oriented practices.
  • 14. Case study from youdecide2007 - “Crategate”
    • Interview with Peter Lindsay (Liberal Party MP)
    • Pushing through Labor Party contacts, resulted in question in parliament
    • Uptake from mainstream media
    • “ Meta-story”
  • 15. Crategate lessons
    • Citizen journalism initiatives need MSM exposure, so collaborative relationships with MSM outlets are beneficial.
    • MSM increasingly benefit from the closeness of citjs to their subjects, and will follow their lead when stories overlap with their news values.
    • The production of news content is now a distributed activity, and news-generating capacity is now embedded in a range of spaces.