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New media and current affairs

Using new media for current affairs reporting. Lecture given to Sri Lanka College of Journalism.

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New media and current affairs

  1. 1. Current affairs reporting Leveraging new and social media Sanjana Hattotuwa TEDGlobal Fellow 2010 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. • 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. new media and foundations • Blogs • Social networks (Twitter, Facebook) • Google Maps • Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video • VoIP: Skype, Google Chat • And making this all possible is ADSL + 3G wireless broadband
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. old media model Event / Issue Journalist Mainstream media Consumer
  7. 7. new media models Event / Issue Consumer Citizen media Journalist Mainstream Consumer media
  8. 8. the revolution Journalist Consumer News as a package Consumer / Journalist Witness News as a conversation
  9. 9. What is out there?
  10. 10. bearing witness: Groundviews
  11. 11. readership and reach: web media From 19 – 27 May 2010, Groundviews ran a special edition on the end of war in Sri Lanka. Over this week alone, the site received over forty thousand readers and exclusively featured over eighty-thousand words of original content, one video premiere, over a dozen photos, generating over one hundred and fifty thousand words of commentary. Tens of thousands more have read and commented on this content since.
  12. 12. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel
  13. 13. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa
  14. 14. news from provinces: Perambara
  15. 15. kottu: blog aggregation
  16. 16. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  17. 17. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation
  18. 18. twitter: topical, pithy perspectives
  19. 19. flickr photos on sri lanka
  20. 20. Facebook for work
  21. 21. social networking: facebook
  22. 22. social networking: facebook reach with $0
  23. 23. social networking: facebook reach with $0 Avg. FB account: 130 friends Groundviews FB page has 1,600+ fans Updates featured on 208,000+ FB accounts. Instantly.
  24. 24. Managing content: Pulling in
  25. 25. essential email: gmail / google account
  26. 26. google search: updates from social media
  27. 27. google news: thousands of sources
  28. 28. google alerts: thousands of sources
  29. 29. google reader: a web based RSS reader
  30. 30. podcasts from BBC: news and current affairs
  31. 31. podcasts from BBC: news and current affairs
  32. 32. podcasts from NPR: news and current affairs
  33. 33. audio podcasts from Apple iTunes
  34. 34. video podcasts from Apple iTunes
  35. 35. iTunes university
  36. 36. curated content
  37. 37. curated content = selecting the best produce
  38. 38. 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?
  39. 39. curated twitter content on sri lanka: news
  40. 40. curated twitter content on sri lanka: blogs
  41. 41. twitter desktop client
  42. 42. Managing content: Pushing out
  43. 43. blogging
  44. 44. blogging
  45. 45. blogging
  46. 46. blogging via phone
  47. 47. broadcasting via a PC
  48. 48. mobile phone broadcasting
  49. 49. ustream: mobile phone broadcasting
  50. 50. flickr: posting images via mobiles
  51. 51. 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
  52. 52. 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
  53. 53. Thank you