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Alternative Media and Citizen Journalism

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Talk given by Mark Fonseca Rendeiro aka Bicyclemark, at the U of Groningen, Netherlands.

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Alternative Media and Citizen Journalism

  1. 1. CitizenJournalism <ul><li>Why now, Why Me, and Why Bother </li></ul>
  2. 2. Alternative Roots <ul><li>Alternative To what? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Mainstream </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. MSM Characteristics <ul><li>AcCess to Power </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Parachute in Reporters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strict Rules and Conventions </li></ul>
  4. 4. MSM (Cont.) <ul><li>Few OUtlets, Even Fewer Owners </li></ul><ul><li>Top Down Management </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to LCD (aka Infotainment) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Alternative Media <ul><li>Alternative to the mainstream </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Stake in Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative TOpics </li></ul>
  6. 6. (Cont.) <ul><li>Freedom of Style </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom Up Management </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Business Models </li></ul>
  7. 7. Which LEads to... <ul><li>Freedom to Choose Topics </li></ul><ul><li>No Experience? No Problem! </li></ul><ul><li>Many tools available (tech) </li></ul><ul><li>You Creation, Your Art </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio that Speaks for itself </li></ul>CITIZEN JOURNALISM
  8. 8. Drawbacks <ul><li>Lack the Resources of MEdia ORgs </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of working structure </li></ul><ul><li>LAck of Name recognition </li></ul><ul><li>If a Tree Falls... </li></ul>
  9. 9. All Equal on the net?
  10. 10. Basic Formats <ul><li>Text: Blogs, online magazines, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Audio: POdcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Video: Videoblogs (beyond Youtube) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some Examples <ul><li>videojournalist.nl </li></ul><ul><li>ryanishungry.com </li></ul><ul><li>Radioopensource.org </li></ul><ul><li>aliveinbaghdad.org </li></ul><ul><li>West Africa Wins Always nofoodforlazyman.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  12. 12. Relating to Journalists: <ul><li>Receptive and happy to cooperate </li></ul><ul><li>On some level, Envious </li></ul><ul><li>curious for their own work </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes, completely unwilling to talk </li></ul>
  13. 13. Work-Life Balance <ul><li>Never Not working </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never Working </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Affording the costs </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs that do or don’t respect your work </li></ul><ul><li>A-Typical, many colleagues have stopped </li></ul>
  14. 14. Work-Life Balance (2) <ul><li>Invitations from organizations, Conferences and SchoolS </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiastic Audience provides </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs, I get hired because of my site </li></ul>
  15. 15. Geography <ul><li>Advantage of NOT having to BE there </li></ul><ul><li>Living at a crossroads for international travel & work </li></ul><ul><li>Language less of a concern </li></ul>
  16. 16. The UNKnown Future <ul><li>Can we survive? </li></ul><ul><li>Will we be colonized? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the world benefit? </li></ul>
  17. 17. The End CITIZENREPORTER.ORG

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