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Archive for December, 2006

Alive in Baghdad: Powerful Citizen Journalism

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

The BBC reports on Alive in Baghdad, a series of videos that take us on to the streets and into the lives of Iraqis. The videos are very straightforward and at times hard to watch, but powerful in that we get to hear the voices of everyday people dealing with the consequences of the war.
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Study: Teens’ Lives Are Media Productions

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Jim Taylor, vice chairman of the Harrison Group, which conducted the 2006 Teen Trend study, tells

“This generation is unique. Teen life has become a theatrical, self-directed media production.”

The article says:

Americans aged 13 to 18 spend more than 72 hours a week using electronic media–defined as the Internet, cell phones, television, music and video games. [...]

Citizen Journalists of the World Unite!

Friday, December 8th, 2006

An interesting discussion is building: Why should we –the user-generated-content providers –work for free while others profit from what we produce? No one, after all, wants to be a played for a sucker.
Graham Holliday, one of our number, writes:

It’s mainstream, big bucks media and they very clearly want to get their hands on our media, [...]

Yahoo Promotes Its Citizen Journalism Project

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Kevin Sites of Yahoo’s Hot Zones gives a tutorial, actually a sales job, for citizen journalists at the new You Witness News, where citizens can upload videos and photos for possible use by Reuters. The home page also has a good list of citizen journalism resources.
And what does Gawker think about all this? Well maybe [...]

Motivation Rules in Open Source Journalism

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

In Part VII of Jay Rosen speaks, he talks about the importance of getting the motivation factor just right for each project. Unfortunately, no one has the perfect formula, but going into an open source project without considering motivation would be an express ticket to failure.
This is Part VII of a series of edited [...]