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Lecture delivered to Sri Lanka College of Journalism. I introduced data journalism with examples from Google and Groundviews. The examples from Google, which use World Bank data, are especially ...

Lecture delivered to Sri Lanka College of Journalism. I introduced data journalism with examples from Google and Groundviews. The examples from Google, which use World Bank data, are especially interesting and in these examples, I explore the co-relation between GDP and life expectancy in Sri Lanka, plus the effects of GDP growth and mobile phone growth, looking at how war affected this. There are also two examples from Groundviews (www.groundviews.org) are to date the first and only examples of data journalism in Sri Lanka.

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News writing and reporting: Leveraging new media Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Current affairs reporting News Writing and Reporting 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 • 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 www.groundviews.org
  • 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. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/vikalpasl
  • 13. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa www.vikalpa.org
  • 14. news from provinces: perambara www.perambara.org
  • 15. kottu: blog aggregation www.kottu.org
  • 16. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation www.sinhalabloggers.com
  • 17. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation www.sinhalabloggers.com
  • 18. twitter: topical, pithy perspectives www.twitter.com
  • 19. Facebook for journalism
  • 20. social networking: facebook
  • 21. social networking: facebook reach with $0
  • 22. social networking: facebook reach with $0 Avg. FB account: 130 friends Groundviews FB page has 1,732 fans Updates featured on 225,000+ FB accounts. Instantly.
  • 23. Managing content: Pulling in
  • 24. essential email: gmail / google account
  • 25. google search: updates from social media
  • 26. google news: thousands of sources
  • 27. google alerts: thousands of sources http://www.google.com/alerts
  • 28. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  • 29. Selecting the best: Curating news
  • 30. curated content
  • 31. curated content = selecting the best produce
  • 32. curating news • Buying fruits of vegetables • Curating news • Check price • Check authorship • Weigh it in one’s hands • Check for veracity, quality • Is it accurate, fair, topical? • Look at it from all angles • What is the bias? Is it progressive? • Look at it in context • Select a few from many sources • Look at a few, not just one • Discard if out-dated information is • Discard if old presented • Be suspicious if it looks too good • Be cautious of unverified information and breaking news • Ascertain location where it was produced • Is the producer local or foreign?
  • 33. curated twitter content on sri lanka: news http://twitter.com/groundviews/sl-news
  • 34. curated twitter content on sri lanka: blogs http://twitter.com/groundviews/sl-bloggers
  • 35. Managing content: Pushing out
  • 36. wordpress.com: blogging
  • 37. wordpress.com: blogging http://si.wordpress.com
  • 38. wordpress.com: blogging http://ta.wordpress.com
  • 39. wordpress.com: blogging via phone http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-by-voice
  • 40. ustream.tv: broadcasting via a PC
  • 41. ustream: mobile phone broadcasting http://www.ustream.tv/mobile
  • 42. flickr: posting images via mobiles http://www.flickr.com/tools/mobile
  • 43. Visualising news: Data driven journalism
  • 44. google: public data http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory
  • 45. google: world bank public data GDP growth and life expectancy, Sri Lanka
  • 46. google: world bank public data Mobile phones and war correlation, Sri Lanka
  • 47. groundviews: undergraduate unrest in Sri Lanka http://www.groundviews.org/2010/11/04/a-turn-for-the-worse-undergraduate-protests-and- unrest-in-sri-lanka/
  • 48. groundviews: undergraduate unrest in Sri Lanka http://www.groundviews.org/2010/11/04/a-turn-for-the-worse-undergraduate-protests-and- unrest-in-sri-lanka/
  • 49. groundviews: flooding in colombo http://www.groundviews.org/2010/05/15/colombo-goes-under-water-and-not-for-the-first- time
  • 50. Recap
  • 51. 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
  • 52. key points • 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
  • 53. Thank you