The techies save the day – morning

December 16, 2009 at 2:42 am Leave a comment

Media 140 Sydney Day 2, 6 November 2009.

It all changed on Day Two of Media140 Sydney.

Instead of the Day 1 brief presentations from academics and journalists, the Day 2 technology-focused case studies and workshops induced a can-do focus on creation and production. There was far more here that independent operators could use.

Some of Jay Rosen’s Keynote Internet Ten Commandments could be taken up by independent and alternative journalists although his suggestions were more relevant for mainstream reporters.

However, in the Case Studies and Tips & Tools for Journos sessions, producers and techies got right down to showing how they use audio, video and multimedia to produce interactive media. For example, Riyaad Minty @riy of AlJazeera said he set up the @AJGaza twitter feed to microreport the Gaza War, using Skype and google chat to communicate during that time.

Claire Wardle @cward1e from the BBC College of Journalism  explained that things did not go to plan when the BBC set up their User Generated Content hub. Instead of sitting back and harvesting a flood of contributions, UGC hub staff found they obtained better content by going out and engaging with their audience.

After flying from South Africa, Jude Mathurine @newmediajude of the New Media Lab, Rhodes University, South Africa, only had time to scratch the surface of his presentation, Why the future of African journalism lies in mobile social networks. I would have liked to have heard more about the media shown on slide #28 on, such as gatorpeeps for microblogging and Zoopy for video sharing.

Barry Saunders from EngageMedia was dismissive of the Day 1 furore about how to “open up journalism” and “help the audience to participate”. “Hey,” he said, “We were doing this with social justice movements 30 years ago”. Barry defined journalism as “a good faith attempt to make sense of the world”, and social media can provide context and history to journalism, he said. Barry’s vision includes a variety of journalism:

  • Trade journalism – press releases and commentary, blogging moving to curating
  • On the grid reporting
  • Social conversation – blogging, editorial
  • Data journalism – making sense of publicly available data
  • Documentary/contextual journalism
  • Curatorial journalism.

Online News Editor Dave Earley recommended we use some tweeting aids: twitter client JournoTwit , search dashboard TweetGridQik for video sharing and Twitpic for sharing photos.

And that was just a few highlights of the morning.

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