Citizen journalism

Connecting to the World: launch of report on online campaigning and the new media environment

The internet presents huge opportunities but also huge challenges for campaigners dealing with global issues.  On November 7th, we’ll be launching a new research report written by me for the International Broadcasting Trust that looks at how UK NGOs campaign online about aid and development and, how, in the wake of the Kony 2012 campaign, they could be much more […]

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Does being networked change journalism? (guest blog)

I have been preaching the gospel of networked journalism for years. I think that public participation and interaction are now a routine part of all kinds of news media and it’s also become a regular fixture in our teaching about journalism at the LSE. But what difference does it make? In this guest article by LSE student and Polis intern […]

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An angry or informed society? (guest blog) #polis11

This blog by Mariam Cook reflects on the debate about an Informed Society at our Media and Power Journalism Conference. Embracing the angry society needs people. Lots of us. If our political establishments are locked into restrictive, exclusive modes of discourse, how can this generation of communications professionals help publics smash into it? This is the natural question for me […]

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Wael Ghonim: the accidental revolutionary (Google #bigtentuk debate)

Wael Ghonim (Google exec and Egyptian Internet activist) made an interesting point about his role in Egypt’s revolution at Google’s #bigtentuk conference. It was accidental.

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The Specialist Amateur: A New Threat to the Professional Journalist (guest-blog)

While listening to the International Journalism Festival panel on Democracy After Journalism, moderated by POLIS Director Charlie Beckett I was challenged by a new question about the future of journalism.  Through the enlightening debate over journalism’s watchdog function and impassioned discussions of what democracy should be, an underlying theme arose that begged the question: What happens to journalism when real-life […]

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Can Social Media Create a Better Society?

“Can Social Media Create a Better Society?” This was the question I was asked to answer, along with Janan Ganesh (The Economist) and Suzanne Moore (The Guardian) at a StoneClub gathering. These are the notes for my introductory remarks. So, Can Social Media Create a Better Society? My answer to this question is No. Media can’t create anything, people do.

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Al Jazeera: Leading The Citizen Media Revolution

We take it for granted now, but coverage of the uprisings in the Middle East this year would hardly have happened at times without social media. Put aside the silly debate about whether Twitter ’caused’ revolution and look instead at how it helped tell the story. Perhaps most important is how social media helped inform people in the region, catalysing […]

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What's New About Wikileaks?

This is a slide show for a talk I am giving on Wikileaks. It is a simple attempt to start exploring what is new about Wikileaks in terms of politics and journalism.

You can access it by clicking on the image or here

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Wikileaks: now that's what I call an informed society…

The timing could not have been better. I am in Dubai to lead a global council discussion on Informed Societies with some top people from journalism, public relations, social media and universities. The Wikileaks revelations of how international diplomacy really works are a live experiment in how to inform the world through networked journalism, the combination of new media technologies […]

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Local TV: politics says 'yes', profit says 'no'

What is the public good that Jeremy Hunt is seeking to secure with all this money? That for me, was the question left at the end of a day spent debating the £25 million plan to create local TV stations in the UK. Amongst the media great and good gathered at City University it was difficult to find anyone who […]

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November 5th, 2010|Media|3 Comments|