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A comment on GuardianWitness – another tool on the roadmap to open journalism – and Making News – Radio 4’s programme on modern day news cycle

Lots of talk and excitement on the web today as the Guardian unveiled a new UGC platform – GuardianWitness – a downloadable app and desktop tool which allows users to easily submit photos, video and text direct to journalists.

Joanna Geary has written a post about the launch here and there’s some more detail on One Man and his Blog after Adam Tinworth interviewed Joanna about the project. First, a big well done I think to all those involved in the project – in particular members of the community team Joanna Geary, Laura Oliver Caroline Bannock and Philippa Law. As I hope to explain in this post – GuardianWitness looks set to make the process of users collaborating with journalists even easier.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

April 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm

How can online communities assist and enhance traditional journalism? Some notes

On Wednesday this week I’ll be taking part in a panel event run by City University’s Interactive journalism students (they go by the name of ‘interhacktives‘ online) about how community engagement can enrich journalism. 

Also on the panel will be Nick Petrie, my counterpart at the Times, Sarah Drinkwater who runs Google Local, and MSN International editor Tom (aka flashboy) Phillips who also runs Is Twitter Wrong?

The Q&A discussion hopes to answer the following questions:

  • How can online communities assist and enhance traditional journalism?
  • What does a community manager actually do?
  • Which are the most useful social media and online tools?

For my part I will be drawing on three particular examples – both recent and long term – which I think exemplify how engaging with online communities can enhance your journalism.  Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Cardiff Tomorrow’s Journalists Conference: Blogging love-in, lobby reform, local gloom and blond bombshells

Tomorrow's journalists conference at Cardiff University

Yesterday Cardiff School of Journalism alumni and current students gathered in the Bute Building in Cardiff to hear a broad spectrum of industry professionals give their views on the future of journalism at the Tomorrow’s Journalists Conference 2010.

I was there to take part in the final talk along with the fabulous Hattie Brett from Grazia and Sally Rourke from ITV.

Throughout the rest of the day we were treated to the latest ideas and views from journalists from all fields – looking at all topics from the relationship between Google and the BBC, to political spin, and the uncertain future of S4C. Here are my notes from the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes on Talk About Local 2010

Ray Duffel at #TAL10

Ray Duffel leads a session on news gathering for hyperlocal at Talk About Local conference 2010. Photo: Josh Halliday

Yesterday’s Talk About Local 2010 conference in partnership with Guardian Local has no doubt left hyperlocal publishers across the UK feeling inspired, enthused and reinvigorated.

After coming back to the unconference following the first one six months ago in Stoke on Trent where I went as a hyperlocal publisher for it was great to see the changes and developments in the hyperlocal scene since last time. Read the rest of this entry »

What journalism students need to know: New skills for a new model

After attending the C&binet conference in London, which saw an impressive group of media representatives and government officials get together to discuss the state of the media and the future of journalism, the importance of passing on this information to the next generation of journalists seemed imperative.

At City University New York, journalism students are taught entrepreneurship and business. Jeff Jarvis is clear a new set of skills for burgeoning journalists is essential for the changing climate of news. Students should learn to be stewards of journalism – learning how to set up hyperlocal sites and invite and train collaborators and turn the news site into a successful business.

Details of the hypothetical news model from CUNY can be found here – and it is in the process of being translated for the UK.

It is clear from developments in the US – which the UK will and is beginning to duly follow – journalism students need to be taught or encouraged to do entrepreneurship to make sure they take off in the new climate – rather than fall flat on their face because their traditional skill-set no longer stands up to what is required. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

October 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm