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Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK’s best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.

Her personal blog is Chocolate and Vodka, and yes, she’s married to Kevin.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist with more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian. He has been a digital journalist since 1996 with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.

From 2009-2010, he was the digital research editor at The Guardian where he focused on evaluating and adapting digital innovations to support The Guardian’s world-class journalism. He joined The Guardian in September 2006 as their first blogs editor after 8 years with the BBC working across the web, television and radio. He joined the BBC in 1998 to become their first online journalist outside of the UK, working as the Washington correspondent for

And, yes, he’s married to Suw.

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Friday, May 11th, 2007

The changing role of journalists in a world where everyone can publish

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Ok, so possibly not the snappiest title I’ve ever written, but it does rather sum up the contents of the white paper that I wrote for the Freedom of Expression Project and which is now online on their site. Here’s the intro:

Citizen journalism - when the general public investigate, fact-check and publish news stories - is changing the face of news. The historic role of gatekeeper, played until now by professional journalists, is obsolete. But new technology and increased civic participation are creating new opportunities for the mainstream media, and three key roles are emerging:

1. Investigation - traditional in-depth investigative journalism made more transparent by publishing research and references.
2. Curation - collecting trustworthy links and synthesising an informed and succinct overview of a story.
3. Facilitation - working with the community to help people publish stories important to them.

I was invited to speak about citizen journalism and blogging at a conference that the project’s organisers held in Manchester a few months ago, mainly to journalists and human rights activists from countries such as Croatia, Bosnia, Nigeria and Lebanon. It was a fascinating experience, one which I meant to blog but never found the time to.

The upshot was that Global Partners, who are running the project on behalf of the Ford Foundation, asked me to write this paper in order to elaborate on the ideas I discussed back in November 06 about the need for online curators.

Unlike some, I don’t think that citizen journalism is going to replace traditional journalism, but rather that journalists are going to have to adapt to take into account the needs of not just their readers, but also their community and the citizen journalists alongside whom they work. Things are changing, for sure, the interesting question is how!

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