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New media for crime and judicial reporting


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  • 1. Crime and judicial reporting Leveraging new and social media Sanjana Hattotuwa TEDGlobal Fellow 2010 Editor, Groundviews (
  • 2. what is social media? • Social media uses Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers. (Wikipedia)
  • 3. what is new media? • New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies. • New media is not television programs, feature films, magazines, books, or paper-based publications. (Wikipedia) • But increasingly, old media is leveraging the web, Internet and mobiles in generating and disseminating news and information.
  • 4. new media and foundations • Blogs • Social networks (Twitter, Facebook) • Google Maps • Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video • VoIP: Skype, Google Chat • And making this all possible is ADSL + 3G wireless broadband
  • 5. what’s new • Ubiquity of two way communications • Addressable peoples, even those who IDPs or refugees • Both news generation and dissemination leverages new media • Disintermediated models vs. traditional media model • Citizens as producers • Low resolution content broadcast on high definition media
  • 6. old media model Event / Issue Journalist Mainstream media Consumer
  • 7. new media models Event / Issue Consumer Citizen media Journalist Mainstream Consumer media
  • 8. the revolution Journalist Consumer News as a package Consumer / Journalist Witness News as a conversation
  • 9. What is out there?
  • 10. bearing witness: Groundviews
  • 11. readership and reach: web media From 19 – 27 May 2010, Groundviews ran a special edition on the end of war in Sri Lanka. Over this week alone, the site received over forty thousand readers and exclusively featured over eighty-thousand words of original content, one video premiere, over a dozen photos, generating over one hundred and fifty thousand words of commentary. Tens of thousands more have read and commented on this content since.
  • 12. readership and reach: 18th amendment • Groundviews was read well over 22,000 times from 1 – 9 September, when content and debates around the 18th Amendment to the constitution reached their peak. Over 170 comments were featured in the site during this week alone, totalling around 65,000 words. In addition to the content on the site, our Twitter feed posted well over one hundred and fifty updates during the course of the week. • Content on Groundviews was republished or referred to by the Sunday Leader, the New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique dozens of other local and international Twitter accounts of leading journalists and others, published by the Wall Street Journal in India and a range of other blogs and websites.
  • 13. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel
  • 14. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa
  • 15. news from provinces: Perambara
  • 16. kottu: blog aggregation
  • 17. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  • 18. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  • 19. twitter: new perspectives
  • 20. flickr content on sri lanka
  • 21. social networking: facebook reach with $0
  • 22. social networking: facebook reach with $0 Avg. FB account: 130 friends Groundviews FB page has 1,600+ fans Updates featured on 208,000+ FB accounts. Instantly.
  • 23. social networking: facebook
  • 24. podcasts: apple iTunes
  • 25. Managing content: Pushing out
  • 26. essential email: gmail / google account
  • 27. blogging
  • 28. blogging
  • 29. blogging
  • 30. blogging via phone
  • 31. broadcasting via a PC
  • 32. mobile phone broadcasting
  • 33. ustream: mobile phone broadcasting
  • 34. flickr: posting images via mobiles
  • 35. reports through audio
  • 36. transferring large files
  • 37. Managing content: Pulling in
  • 38. google search: updates from social media
  • 39. google news: thousands of sources
  • 40. google alerts: thousands of sources
  • 41. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  • 42. enduring challenges • Impartial, accurate coverage still vital, increasingly hard to ascertain • Torrent of information, trickle of knowledge • Veracity and verifiability • Eye-witness accounts are partial, subjective • New media / technology illiteracy even amongst journalists • Apathy and animosity against citizen journalism • Licensing and attribution of online content
  • 43. key points: recap • New technologies potentially give voice to all citizens • Be sceptical of new information, but use new media to push and pull content • Develop media literacy to embrace new technologies
  • 44. Thank you