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New media for crime and judicial reporting

  1. 1. Crime and judicial reporting Leveraging new and social media Sanjana Hattotuwa TEDGlobal Fellow 2010 Editor, Groundviews (
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. old media model Event / Issue Journalist Mainstream media Consumer
  7. 7. new media models Event / Issue Consumer Citizen media Journalist Mainstream Consumer media
  8. 8. the revolution Journalist Consumer News as a package Consumer / Journalist Witness News as a conversation
  9. 9. What is out there?
  10. 10. bearing witness: Groundviews
  11. 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. 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. 13. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel
  14. 14. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa
  15. 15. news from provinces: Perambara
  16. 16. kottu: blog aggregation
  17. 17. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  18. 18. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  19. 19. twitter: new perspectives
  20. 20. flickr content on sri lanka
  21. 21. social networking: facebook reach with $0
  22. 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. 23. social networking: facebook
  24. 24. podcasts: apple iTunes
  25. 25. Managing content: Pushing out
  26. 26. essential email: gmail / google account
  27. 27. blogging
  28. 28. blogging
  29. 29. blogging
  30. 30. blogging via phone
  31. 31. broadcasting via a PC
  32. 32. mobile phone broadcasting
  33. 33. ustream: mobile phone broadcasting
  34. 34. flickr: posting images via mobiles
  35. 35. reports through audio
  36. 36. transferring large files
  37. 37. Managing content: Pulling in
  38. 38. google search: updates from social media
  39. 39. google news: thousands of sources
  40. 40. google alerts: thousands of sources
  41. 41. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  42. 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. 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. 44. Thank you
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