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.
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 BBCNews.com.
For all the promise of user-generated content and contributions, one of the biggest challenges for journalism organisations is that such projects can quickly become victims of their own success. As contributions increase, there comes a point when you simply can’t evaluate or verify them all.
Rather like our own Starsuckers, wherein the British media are shown not to give a fig about whether stories are true or not, Hungry Beast, a show on Australia’s ABC, recently put together their own hoax.
I don’t know if this shows that the media is gullible, or whether it just proves that they just don’t care whether what they print is true. If the former was true, we might stand a chance of turning things around. I think the latter is more on the money, which makes it a much more intractable problem.
Kevin: IPTV and video experiences online came of age in 2009. The success of the iPlayer in the UK drove the development of other catch-up services, and Hulu in the US started to show promise. Samuel Axon looks at companies in the US that are re-making television. It's an interesting round-up, although the models that are developing are different in the UK and other markets.
Kevin: A fascinating infographic showing the use of various web 2.0/social web services. The one quick thing to see on this map is how popular photo sharing is, popular and universally so. Social networking also is very popular around the world. Microblogging and blogging shows a wide variation in use around the world. One thing that is really veruy interesting is how popular social media is in Asia compared to Europe. For instance, 60% of China's internet users upload photos but only 38% of British users.
Kevin: A fascinating article by Peter Kirwan looking at the relationship between journalists and hyperlocal bloggers. In 2010, we will see new hyperlocal experiments in the UK. However, how effective will traditional news organisations be in partnering with local bloggers if this 'mutual incomprehension' exists.
As Charlie Beckett, the director of the politics and journalism think tank POLIS at LSE, points out, the Daily Mail is getting a lot of grief for using pictures, mainly from photo-sharing site Flickr, without the permission of the users or in violation of the licencing on those pictures. Charlie’s post is worth reading in full, but here are some of the questions he poses:
At what point does material in the public domain become copyright? the people who published these images didn’t do so for financial gain. There is a genuine, if very slight, news story here which feels
Kevin: Jay Rosen interviews Dirck Halstead, the author of an article on Digital Journalist titled "Let's Abolish 'Citizen Journalists'". It's a fascinating and slightly bizarre interview in which Halstead claims that publishers are looking to replace all professional photojournalists with amateur submission. Halstead also believes that print has to die so that Time Inc and other "principal players" will set up super sites with huge advertising budgets. I can't say I agree with much of what Halstead says, but it's fascinating to read.