New media for feature writing and advanced editing

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New media for feature writing and advanced editing

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

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