New media for graphics designers and photographers
Graphic and photo journalismLeveraging new and social mediaSanjana HattotuwaTED Fellow 2010Editor, Groundviews (www.groundviews.org)
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)
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.
new media foundations• Blogs• Social networks (Twitter, Facebook)• Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video• And making this all possible is ADSL + 3G wireless broadband
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
old media model Event / Issue Journalist Mainstream media Consumer
new media models Event / Issue Consumer Citizen media Journalist Mainstream Consumer media
the revolution Journalist ConsumerNews as a package Consumer / Journalist WitnessNews as a conversation
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?
curated twitter content on sri lanka: newshttp://twitter.com/groundviews/sl-news
curated twitter content on sri lanka: blogshttp://twitter.com/groundviews/sl-bloggers
community sourced mappingIn Columbia, South Carolina, journalists of The State Media Company newsroom noticed somethingdidn’t smell right in their town. It wasn’t corruption, but an actual stink that was permeating the airoutside. Betsey Guzior, the features editor, decided to call on the community to help investigate the smellusing an open Google Maps.
ﬂooding in Colombohttp://groundviews.org/2010/05/15/colombo-goes-under-water-and-not-for-the-ﬁrst-time
student unrest in sri lankahttp://groundviews.org/2010/11/04/a-turn-for-the-worse-undergraduate-protests-and-unrest-in-sri-lanka
ustream: mobile phone broadcastinghttp://www.ustream.tv/mobile
wordle: word cloud creationhttp://www.wordle.net
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
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