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  • 1. Feature writing and advanced editing Leveraging new and social media Sanjana Hattotuwa TEDGlobal Fellow 2010 Editor, Groundviews (www.groundviews.org)
  • 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 and mashups • 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. enduring challenges • Impartial, accurate coverage still vital, increasingly hard to ascertain • Torrent of information. Trickle of knowledge. • Veracity / Verifiability hard to determine • Post-disaster communications can be unreliable and difficult. 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
  • 7. What is out there?
  • 8. bearing witness: Groundviews www.groundviews.org
  • 9. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/vikalpasl
  • 10. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa www.vikalpa.org
  • 11. news from provinces: Perambara www.perambara.org
  • 12. kottu: blog aggregation www.kottu.org
  • 13. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation www.sinhalabloggers.com
  • 14. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation www.sinhalabloggers.com
  • 15. twitter: new perspectives www.twitter.com
  • 16. flickr content on sri lanka www.flickr.com
  • 17. social networking: facebook reach with $0
  • 18. social networking: facebook reach with $0 Avg. FB account: 100 friends Groundviews FB page has 1,557 fans Updates featured on 155,700 FB accounts. Instantly.
  • 19. 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.
  • 20. social networking: facebook
  • 21. podcasts: apple iTunes
  • 22. Tools for feature writing and editing
  • 23. pronunciation from google dictionary http://www.google.com/dictionary
  • 24. online word processing http://writer.bighugelabs.com
  • 25. google docs http://docs.google.com
  • 26. microsoft office online http://office.live.com
  • 27. zoho writer http://writer.zoho.com
  • 28. plagiarism check http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker
  • 29. google translate http://translate.google.com
  • 30. visualisations http://www.wordle.net http://www.groundviews.org/2010/01/15/visualising-mahinda-chintanaya-2010-the-presidents-election-manifesto
  • 31. Managing content: Pushing out
  • 32. essential email: Gmail
  • 33. wordpress.com: blogging
  • 34. wordpress.com: blogging http://si.wordpress.com
  • 35. wordpress.com: blogging http://ta.wordpress.com
  • 36. wordpress.com: blogging via phone http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-by-voice
  • 37. ustream.tv: broadcasting via a PC
  • 38. bambuser.com: mobile phone broadcasting
  • 39. drop.io: reports through audio
  • 40. transferring large files https://www.wetransfer.com
  • 41. Managing content: Pulling in
  • 42. google search: Updates from social media
  • 43. google news: thousands of sources
  • 44. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  • 45. 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
  • 46. Thank you