Internet and Journalism: New sources bring new opportunities


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Internet and Journalism: New sources bring new opportunities

  1. 1. Internet and Journalism New sources bring new opportunities Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Visuals were meant for a Dutch audience, hence the choice in websites.
  2. 2. Independent, objective journalism That’s something we laugh at! CC photo:AmandaPirato
  3. 3. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed New opportunities question the field <ul><li>Each field that faces new developments will raise the question about itself: ‘what is it that we do?’ </li></ul><ul><li>The internet has journalists face these questions for their field: </li></ul><ul><li>What is journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Can we use these sources? </li></ul><ul><li>What will our ‘product’ look like, what can it look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe journalism is not the protector of democracy after all, and does it matter anyway? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed New opportunities question the field <ul><li>Journalism, what can it be? </li></ul><ul><li>Informing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just reporting pure date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s explaining and making sense of that information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pure objectivity as a journalist is impossible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One could strive to be though </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More important is honesty and modesty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics (find your own place …) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. New sources Dare to ‘dive in’ the web
  6. 6. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Sources: discussion and information <ul><li>The use of online boards may be less hot to talk about, they are still very much in use and useful as a source. </li></ul><ul><li>They continue to be platforms where people collaborate to make new things. (Co-creation!) Often vulgar, but they do contain real gems </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to follow everything </li></ul><ul><li>Do take these into account as a possible good source! </li></ul><ul><li>As a minimum: keep in touch with the buzz </li></ul>
  7. 7. Stay in touch with your ‘base’, keep in touch with sentiments, opinions, news from the heart of society… forums, blogs, twitter, facebook, hyves meta communities: digg, reddit Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Sources: Online Communities
  8. 8. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Sources: aggregated data Traditional: more and more standard (government) research reports are available online. These are still important! (Dutch government has SCP, WRR ..) New: Online data, visits, real time data from communities. And there will be more, especially ‘hyperlocal’
  9. 9. Journalism Just entertainment CC photo: Georges Seguin
  10. 10. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Journalism and ... <ul><li>… many many other things! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not an independent truth that people ‘need news’. Even news sources will have to compete with other things peopel spend their time on, especially online. </li></ul><ul><li>Cliché: this will give some new opportunities! </li></ul><ul><li>News can be attractive </li></ul><ul><li>Again this raises that same question from before: ‘What is journalism?’ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Journalism New opportunities from new sources CC photo: Julie Kertesz
  12. 12. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Investigative Journalism <ul><ul><li>‘ Traditional’; get out there! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But it will also mean: get out there and use existing data! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Government) research reports, still very important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research mentioned in press releases (#daretodoubt) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Even in traditional journalism this does not happen often enough. Dare to make a point, dare to question! </li></ul><ul><li>New and supporting material: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregated data; find new trends or use it to support a traditional article. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Blogging <ul><li>‘ Blog’ like means of publishing are more and more in use today. #daretopublish </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edit as you publish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your authority and judge sources for immediate use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(1 source is not a source? ... Hah!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking … </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Blogging <ul><li>(‘Civilian’)participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil journalism = #fail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good examples of mix are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wikileaks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking … </li></ul></ul></ul>Traditional journalism stays, but it needs help. The sheer amount of new data is overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to publish with widgets, game elements, edutainment… Old phrases come to life.. Multimedia is just arriving! Cyberspace will come later...
  15. 15. Skills CC photo: Daniele Margaroli
  16. 16. Gyurka Jansen @the_ed Knowledge!! (know-how about your subject) “ VAT will rise from 6% to 19% on Lowlands tickets. This alone will mean an increase in price of 13% of your Lowlands ticket!” Spot the fallacy !!
  17. 17. Gyurka Jansen mail: gyurka@gmail twitter: @ThE_ED Gyurka Jansen @the_ed,,, Slideshare