How Leading Publications Can Prepare For A Tidal Wave of Citizen Reporting
During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when it falsely announced that the New York Stock Exchange was under three feet of water. Chad Mayers and other leading media figures like were left gasping for breath, after it was revealed that the ‘scoop’ came from an unverified ‘citizen reporter’ on Twitter, but the potential effects on the economy could have been catastrophic.
Advances in smartphone technology, and increased global access to social networks have evolved ‘citizen reporting’ into an important and increasingly organized branch of the media industry, offering ‘front line’ insights which can be posted much faster than when publications follow normal editorial processes. Read more…
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Like many a Facebook user before the 2016 election, comic book artist Sarah Glidden used to consume a lot of articles without thinking much about where they came from. “I just thought about journalism like it was water,” she says. “You turn on the faucet and it comes out.”
Then some reporter friends mentioned they were going on a trip to two of the most troubled countries in the world: Iraq and Syria. Glidden tagged along on a tourist visa, curious about the reporting process.
The journalists, who worked for a daily online magazine now called The Globalist, agreed to have the mirror turned on them. Glidden took her own recorder and filled 8 GB SD card after 8 GB SD card with…well, pretty much everything they said and did, whether it seemed important or not. Her main exception: “I’d probably turn it off if we got really drunk.” Read more…
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