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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 BBCNews.com.

And, yes, he’s married to Suw.

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Interview series:
at the FASTforward blog. Amongst them: John Hagel, David Weinberger, JP Rangaswami, Don Tapscott, and many more!

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Ushahidi and Swift River: Crowdsourcing innovations from Africa

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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.

One of the most interesting projects in 2008 in terms of crowdsourcing was Ushahidi. Meaning “testimony” in Swahili, the platform was first developed to help citizen journalists in Kenya gather reports of violence in the wake of the contested election of late 2007. Out of that first project, it’s now been used to crowdsource information,

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Just how gullible is the media?

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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.

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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Saturday, December 12th, 2009

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  • 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.

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Poynter asks: Are journalists giving up on newspapers?

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The Poynter Institute in the US hosted an online discussion asking if journalists are giving up on newspapers after high-profile departures there including Jennifer 8. Lee, who accepted a buy out at the New York Times, and Anthony Moor, who left newspapers to become a local editor for Yahoo. Moor told the US newspaper trade magazine Editor & Publisher – which just announced it is ceasing publication after 125 years:

Part of this is recognition that newspapers have limited resources, they are saddled with legitimate legacy businesses that they have to focus on first. I am a digital guy and

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

News organisations miss opportunity to build community with online photo use

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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

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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  • 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.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Landrush for local: NowPublic, Everyblock and now Outside.in

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A common joke amongst journalists is that all we need is two examples to proclaim it a trend, but we’ve got much more than that when it comes to rush to build local media empires in the US. In June, AOL bought two local services, Patch, which provides news to small towns and communities, and also Going, which provides a local events listing platform. MSNBC.com bought Adrian Holovaty’s hyperlocal aggregator Everyblock in August. In September, local news network Examiner.com owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group bought citizen journalism site NowPublic. Now, we have another major move in hyperlocal