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Social & new media tactics: Generating and curating provincial news


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A presentation delivered at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism on leveraging new media for provincial news managers.

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Social & new media tactics: Generating and curating provincial news

  1. 1. Social & new media tactics: Generating and curating provincial news Sanjana Hattotuwa Editor, 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 in the later part of the 20th century. New media is not television programs, feature films, magazines, books, or paper-based publications. (Wikipedia)
  4. 4. new media and foundations • Blogs • Social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace) • Google Maps • Mobiles: SMS, MMS, Mobile photography and video • VoIP: Skype, Google Chat • And making it all possible are ADSL, 3G HSPA wireless broadband
  5. 5. what’s new • Ubiquity of two way communications • Addressable peoples, even those who IDPs or refugees • News generation and dissemination linked to new media • Disintermediated models vs. traditional media model • Citizens as producers • Low resolution content broadcast on high definition media
  6. 6. what’s old and enduring challenges • Impartial, accurate coverage still vital, increasingly hard to ascertain • Torrent of information. Trickle of knowledge. • Veracity / Verifiability? • Post-disaster communications can be unreliable and difficult • New media / technology illiteracy
  7. 7. What is out there?
  8. 8. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel
  9. 9. kottu: blog aggregation
  10. 10. sinhala bloggers union: blog aggregation
  11. 11. sinhala bloggers union: blog aggregation
  12. 12. online video: Perambara YouTube Channel
  13. 13. online news from provinces: Vikalpa
  14. 14. online news from provinces: Perambara
  15. 15. twitter: new perspectives
  16. 16. flickr content on sri lanka:
  17. 17. Producing content from the provinces
  18. 18. essential email account: Gmail
  19. 19. essential sinhala unicode tools
  20. 20. blogging
  21. 21. broadcasting via a PC
  22. 22. mobile phone broadcasting
  23. 23. reports through audio
  24. 24. Pulling it all in and keeping abreast
  25. 25. google maps in elections monitoring
  26. 26. google search: Updates from social media
  27. 27. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  28. 28. google docs: web based document management
  29. 29. google calendar: web based document management
  30. 30. know your twitter hastags (#slelections)
  31. 31. twitter: desktop aggregation via Seesmic Look
  32. 32. spy:
  33. 33. news management toolkit
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. Thank you