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Citizen Journalist Joins Media Circus

Rudy Giuliani came to Marietta, Georgia yesterday, so I strapped on the camera and headed to the Town Square. A citizen journalist in search of a story. Well, the one I found was similar to what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Giuliani nearly drowned out by rival’s supporters.

 Ron Paul’s supporters were out in force and quite vocal as you will see in my video. However, at Atlanta’s TV station 11Alive nary a word of the opposition. It was all about a calm orderly visit filled with sound bites. So their reality was very different than my reality. Which is better for the audience, a slick news production or YouTubie me? I will leave that for you to decide.  However, I think if you watch my nutty little production and 11Alive’s, you will actually have a better understanding of the truth than if you just watched either — which I believe scores a point for citizen journalism.

The video lasts three minutes.

6 Responses to “Citizen Journalist Joins Media Circus”

  1. Notes from a Teacher: Mark on Media » Monday squibs Says:

    [...] Citizen Journalist Joins Media Circus. Len Witt has some fun with a video camera and a political visit to introduce folks to campaign coverage, and then to compare and contrast his YouTube effort vs. what the local TV station produced. Instructive. [...]

  2. The Concentra Award Says:

    I thought this might be of interest to you and your readers:

    The Concentra Award for video journalism is now open for entry.

    In previous years this award has been for broadcast journalism from within Europe only. To reflect the changing news environment the award is now open to video journalism broadcast or published in any news program or on any online news site anywhere in the world.
    The award also comes with a 10.000 euro prize.
    The closing date for entries is Jan 7th 2008. Individuals can enter at anytime up to that point.
    Details, rules and regulations can be found at

    The awards ceremony takes place on March 3rd at the DNA2008 conference, in Brussels.
    The seven short-listed finalists will be invited to the event with their travel and accommodation costs paid by the organizers.
    The Jury members are
    Host: Willy Lenaers (CEO, Concentra, Belgium)
    Chairman: Michael Rosenblum (CEO, Rosenblum TV, USA)
    Sue Phillips (London, Bureau Chief, Al Jazeera, UK)
    Cristian Trippe (Brussels Correspondent, Deutsche Welle, Germany)
    Bas Broekhuizen (Editor, Volkskrant TV, Netherlands)
    Tone Kunst (Editor in Chief, NRK Nordland, Norway)
    Leif Hedman (Director, SVT, Sweden)
    Vicente Partal, (Board Member ECJ, Director, Villaweb, Spain)

  3. Thomas Wheatley Says:


    That was beautiful. And I even saw myself, which makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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  5. Grayson Says:

    WTF??? I just watched the 11Alive coverage. Was Dennis O in a freakin’ coma or what??? Drinking in the bar next door? Did he just miss the event altogether and tried to cover his a with that piss-poor package? That was truly THE lamest thing I’ve watched all morning. But the thing is, I’d never had had the slightest clue as to just HOW lame it was had I not watched your video first.

    CJ rules!!!!!!!!!

  6. Citizen Journalism Rocks At Rudy Rally!!! | Peach Pundit Says:

    [...] want to see just how totally lame local news political coverage really is? Well, first watch this video of the Marietta Sqaure/Rudy vs. Paulites rally yesterday. Then watch this one by Land-O-Coma [...]