One of the viral memes in the social web….
by Sarah Kessler
When news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke on May 2, 2011 journalists in the United States were tweeting and using social media just like other citizens to report their feelings and what they saw on the streets and even airplanes. It marks an interesting contrast to how 9/11 itself was reported in 2001 when social media was still only a nascent technology, especially in the world of professional journalism. Have journalists finally become citizen reporters?
by Jolie O’Dell
2011-05-02 More Questions on Killing of bin Laden as WikiLeaks Notes Gitmo File Contained Details on His Whereabouts
Unless you have been totally disconnected from any sort of news over the past 12 hours, you?ve no doubt heard that Osama Bin Laden has been found and killed. Barack Obama, President of the United States, made the announcement late last night, but wasn?t the first one to break the story to a lot of people. Most people who are active on Twitter (and who weren?t asleep at the time) first heard the news through the popular social network where it spread like wildfire.
PBS‘s MediaShift‘s Carrie Lozano discussed collaboration between Frontline, ProPublica and NPR. The three news organisations came together to work on Post Mortem, an examination of flaws in death investigation in America. Susanne Reber, NPR’s deputy managing editor of investigations, called the project an “unprecedented moment in journalism” in terms of the number of people involved and the amount of content produced. The joint effort resulted in an episode of Frontline, a series of NPR stories and a number of online and print pieces by ProPublica and Californian Watch.
The following is a guest post from Nicholas White, the CEO of The Daily Dot, a new startup in community journalism. White leaves a long lineage of newspaper men and women in his family to join digital media and explains why.
Six months ago, I quit my family’s 179-year-old newspaper company. I left not because newspapers are crumbling — though they are — but because the very thing that has made the old industry so fragile offers hope for the future of journalism.
Nieman Journalism Lab reported on a tricky situation Bianca Vazquez Toness, a radio reporter, found herself in, as on her way to an interview she realised she had left her recording equipment behind. What was there to do? Toness reached for her pocket, recording the interview with her iPhone instead.
The leaders of a journalism course believe they have created a model for teaching investigative reporting that could be significant for the future of journalism. Nieman Journalism Lab reported on the Pearl Project, a journalism course at Georgetown University. The Pearl Project sees the classroom almost as a newsroom, giving students the possibility to conduct the kind of long-form research and reporting that is becoming increasingly rare in news organisations.
Beet.TV interviewed Olivia Ma, manager of YouTube News, about how professionals and non-professionals are using YouTube to communicate on world events. The site was founded 6 years ago as a distribution platform to share videos, and this forms the basis for what the website does still today: YouTube does not vet uploaded material.