If you’re reading this, you probably got to it through an algorithm. That’s really common these days – and it’s a trend with a surprising dark side. Either you came here through a social media link, or you found it via a search engine. In either case, the algorithms that determine who sees what on those platforms […]Read more "The Narrows – Four trends changing how information flows and news spreads"
There’s a very interesting protest happening right now: Six women are climbing the Shard in protest at Shell’s arctic drilling plans. Of course, Greenpeace and others have done this sort of thing before. What makes this different is the scale of the activist media operation around the event. It’s a great example of citizen journalism […]Read more "Lessons in citizen media from Greenpeace: #IceClimb"
Today the Guardian launches a new participative journalism platform, Guardian Witness. Like CNN’s iReport, or pure-play citizen journalism outfits like Citizenside, Guardian Witness allows news readers to become contributors and participate in the making of the news. It’s already getting lots of reactions online. So – will it work? 1. Experience The Guardian has form […]Read more "Six reasons Guardian Witness will sink or swim"
My first job when I moved to the UK was as a receptionist at a TV production company in Kentish town. (Well, I was actually hired to move in furniture, but worked up to answering the phones.) The boss there was an energetic, garrulous guy named Ian. He could spin off a dozen concepts for […]Read more "The Great British Class Survey rides at last"
I just got contacted by a young journalist I met while working at Citizenside. She’s graduated from a good journalism school, and is now working for a local radio station – for free – while living with her parents, trying to find a steady job in journalism. Here’s my advice to her. Sounds like you’re […]Read more "Traditional journalism is being crushed: letter to a young journalist"
The rise of social media has obliterated barriers to entry for the media industries. Advanced capabilities once reserved for well-funded teams with expensive equipment are now more or less universally accessible. At this very moment, thousands of people with nothing more than a smartphone and mobile signal are publishing newsworthy photos and videos online. Coping […]Read more "Four reasons game dynamics are vital for networked journalism"
I’m starting to see patterns in people’s memories of the 9/11 attacks. I’ve been reading a lot of people’s stories lately, as we’re collecting them over at Citizenside. When you’ve read enough of these recollections, you start seeing patterns. One motif keeps coming back time after time: the phone call from a loved one. At […]Read more "The intimacy of disaster: why journalism is personal, and the main challenge of 21st century media"
[I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. This post is cross-posted from the Citizenside blog] The task of foreign reporting is changing profoundly. Thanks to social media channels, readers from Ohio to Osaka can get information straight from the source in other countries. So do we still need foreign correspondents? Richard Sambrook, formerly head […]Read more "From hunter-gatherer to farmer: evolution of the foreign correspondent"
It’s official – I’m the new Editor in Chief of Citizenside. There’s even a press release, if you’re into that sort of thing. Citizenside is a Paris-based startup that has become one of the world’s largest citizen journalism agencies. The concept is simple: now that many people carry a phone capable of taking photos and […]Read more "Hello Citizenside"
It has begun. After over a year in the making, last week we launched the Great British Class Survey for the BBC. The response has been excellent. It’s already the biggest investigation into class ever performed anywhere in the world, by a huge margin. The survey is the first stage of Britain’s Real Class System, […]Read more "Journalism Without Story: Uncovering Britain’s Real Class System"