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Newsroom management and new media


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Newsroom management and new media, a lecture delivered to mid-career journalists at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ)

Newsroom management and new media, a lecture delivered to mid-career journalists at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ)

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  • 1. Social networks & new media Bane or boon for newsroom management? 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 and mashups • Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video • VoIP: Skype, Google Chat • And making it all possible are 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
  • 9. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel
  • 10. kottu: blog aggregation
  • 11. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  • 12. sinhala bloggers union: blog aggregation
  • 13. online video: Perambara YouTube Channel
  • 14. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa
  • 15. news from provinces: Perambara
  • 16. twitter: new perspectives
  • 17. flickr content on sri lanka
  • 18. Managing content: Pushing out
  • 19. essential email: Gmail
  • 20. essential sinhala unicode tools
  • 21. transliterating sinhala unicode
  • 22. transliterating tamil unicode
  • 23. blogging
  • 24. blogging
  • 25. blogging
  • 26. broadcasting via a PC
  • 27. mobile phone broadcasting
  • 28. google maps: plot events
  • 29. google maps: plot locations
  • 30. Managing content: Pushing out Investigative journalism
  • 31. reports through audio
  • 32. whistleblowing & source protection: Moomeo
  • 33. whistleblowing & source protection: Moomeo
  • 34. Managing content: Pulling in
  • 35. google search: Updates from social media
  • 36. google news: thousands of sources
  • 37. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  • 38. web based document management: google docs
  • 39. web based document management: Microsoft
  • 40. google calendar: web based story planning
  • 41. know your twitter hastags (#lka #srilanka)
  • 42. spy:
  • 43. twitter: desktop aggregation via Seesmic Look
  • 44. news management toolkit
  • 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