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New media for graphics designers and photographers

  1. 1. Graphic and photo journalismLeveraging new and social mediaSanjana HattotuwaTED Fellow 2010Editor, Groundviews (
  2. 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. 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. 4. social media landscape over 2011
  5. 5. new media foundations• Blogs• Social networks (Twitter, Facebook)• Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video• And making this all possible is ADSL + 3G wireless broadband
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. old media model Event / Issue Journalist Mainstream media Consumer
  8. 8. new media models Event / Issue Consumer Citizen media Journalist Mainstream Consumer media
  9. 9. the revolution Journalist ConsumerNews as a package Consumer / Journalist WitnessNews as a conversation
  10. 10. key web platforms twitter, flickr, facebook
  11. 11. twitter: topical, pithy
  12. 12. twitter: topical, pithy
  13. 13. twitter: topical, pithy
  14. 14. social networking: facebook600 million+ users
  15. 15. social networking: facebook600 million+ users
  16. 16. online photo sharing:
  17. 17. what is out there?
  18. 18. bearing witness:
  19. 19. commemorating Lasantha
  20. 20. online video: Vikalpa YouTube
  21. 21. news from provinces:
  22. 22. boondi: alternative Sinhala
  23. 23. kottu: blog
  24. 24. kottu: blog
  25. 25. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog
  26. 26. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog
  27. 27. photography in HD for the web: moving
  28. 28. photography blogs: ‘amateur’ vs. ‘professional’
  29. 29. social networking by politicians
  30. 30. social networking: facebook
  31. 31. social networking: facebook
  32. 32. social networking: facebook reach Avg. FB account: 130 friends Groundviews FB page has 7,150+ fansUpdates featured on ~929,500+ FB accounts. Instantly.
  33. 33. social networking: facebook reach with $0
  34. 34. how to select & make sense?
  35. 35. curated content
  36. 36. curated content = selecting the best produce
  37. 37. 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?
  38. 38. curated twitter content on sri lanka: news
  39. 39. curated twitter content on sri lanka: blogs
  40. 40. examples in visualisation
  41. 41. 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.
  42. 42. flooding in Colombo
  43. 43. student unrest in sri lanka
  44. 44. political hypocrisy
  45. 45. word clouds
  46. 46. interactive graphics
  47. 47. interactive graphics
  48. 48. infographics
  49. 49. infographics
  50. 50. managing content: pulling in
  51. 51. essential email: gmail / google account
  52. 52. google search: updates from social media
  53. 53. google image search: visuals from the web
  54. 54. google image subject search
  55. 55. google news: thousands of sources
  56. 56. google news image search: thousands of newsrelated images
  57. 57. google alerts: thousands of sources
  58. 58. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  59. 59. tin eye: checking the web for images
  60. 60. Managing content: Pushing out
  61. 61. blogging
  62. 62. blogging
  63. 63. blogging
  64. 64. blogging via phone
  65. 65. video
  66. 66. broadcasting via a PC
  67. 67. ustream: mobile phone broadcasting
  68. 68. wordle: word cloud creation
  69. 69. 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
  70. 70. 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
  71. 71. Thank you