New media and the practice of journalism

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Now that the new media seems to give us information anyway and anyhow we want it, what happens to the practice of traditional media?

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New media and the practice of journalism

  1. 1. Lami Idakwo
  2. 2. Who is a journalist? A journalist is someone who collects and disseminates information about current events ,people, information, trends and issues. “Anybody who wants to be”- Jacob Weisberg
  3. 3. Revolution
  4. 4. Consequences User- generated content Communication across borders/boundaries Speedy communication Freedom of speech Active citizenship/democracy No/ little gate keeping Truth/objectivity/fairness Libel/slander Copyright/plagiarism Grammatical constructs Strange business model
  5. 5. A case for the geeks & untrained They understand the technology They create new technologies that make communication easier. They have access to generating content as they wish They might be naturally gifted
  6. 6. A case against the geeks & untrained They do not understand the heart of the journalist They do not know the ethics of journalism They do not know the art of journalism
  7. 7. What do we do?
  8. 8. My suggestions Work with the new technologies. Remember, “video killed the radio star”. Work with the geeks Work with the untrained(CNN iReport) Set standards by practicing the standards Accept that things are changing and get innovative Freelancing on various platforms
  9. 9. What has been done Blogs e.g. The Huffington post Online newspapers e.g. WSJ Google news Social media e.g. twitter updates, facebook notes, “ I read businessday” . RSS feeds Freelancing( online columnist)
  10. 10. Nigeria and the new media Nigerians love to talk Nigerians love to give opinions( especially with anonymity) Nigerians love trends Nigerians are all over the world Maybe the opportunity to leap from 3rd world to developed?
  11. 11. Websites/blogs to visit http://www.Saharareporters.com http://www.nairaland.com httpwww.bellanaija.com http://www.huffingtonpost.com http://mashable.com http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com http://www.boundless.org (Christian youth) http://madaboutnewmedia.blogspot.com:
  12. 12. Maybe anyone can be a journalist, but we don’t need journalists, we need excellent journalists.
  13. 13. Thank you.

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