Citizen Journalism 2

They made it! The group of people from AssignmentZero I blogged about some time ago have their articles published on Wired. Though it is easy to see that it has been a mixed blessing in results it is also easy to see the enthusiasm people have in doing this. One of the conclusion they have reached is that a good balance or professionals and amateurs is crucial. The professionals know how to present news, the amateurs are everywhere where news may be found. Read more about it here.
Also, we have an example of this trend in the Netherlands. They recently published an ad in the newspaper “DAG” for citizen journalist to cover news from the “Tour de France”. I think that is an excellent combination of enthusiastic amateurs covering many locations with phone camera’s in combination with a professional editorial team. All sides win: the amateur have a great time while watching the tour with a missions and the newspaper gets wider coverage of the news.
Lot’s of people love producing instead of just consuming.

6 Replies to “Citizen Journalism 2”

  1. Bestaat dan niet de kans op enorme vervlakking? Stellen amateurs zichzelf wel de juiste “journalistieke” vragen.

  2. Het aardige dat ik van deze aanpak vind is dat het juist gecombineerd wordt. De “crowd” van amateurs stellen vragen op maar het wordt uiteindelijk gefilterd door de professional (overigens op een voor de amateur weer zichtbare manier). Best of both worlds toch?

  3. En reporter voor DAG….. Denk dat daar inderdaad een amateur het nieuws net zo goed kan brengen als de journalisten die er nu hun teksten publiceren.
    Goede gratis kranten…. ik heb ze nog niet echt gezien.

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