New media for feature writing and advanced editing

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Presentation on new media to feature writers.

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  • 1.Feature writing and advanced editing Leveraging new and social mediaSanjana HattotuwaTEDGlobal Fellow 2010 Editor, Groundviews (www.groundviews.org)

2. what is social media? Social media uses Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers. (Wikipedia) 3. what is new media? New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies. New media is not television programs, feature lms, magazines, books, or paper-based publications. (Wikipedia) But increasingly, old media is leveraging the web, Internet and mobiles in generating and disseminating news and information. 4. new media and foundations Blogs Social networks (Twitter, Facebook) Google Maps and mashups Mobiles: SMS, mobile photography and video VoIP: Skype, Google Chat And making this all possible is ADSL + 3G wireless broadband 5. whats new Ubiquity of two way communications Addressable peoples, even those who IDPs or refugees Both news generation and dissemination leverages new media Disintermediated models vs. traditional media model Citizens as producers Low resolution content broadcast on high denition media 6. enduring challenges Impartial, accurate coverage still vital, increasingly hard to ascertain Torrent of information. Trickle of knowledge. Veracity / Veriability hard to determine Post-disaster communications can be unreliable and difcult. Eye-witness accounts are partial, subjective. New media / technology illiteracy even amongst journalists Apathy and animosity against citizen journalism Licensing and attribution of online content 7. What is out there? 8. bearing witness: Groundviews www.groundviews.org 9. online video: Vikalpa YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/vikalpasl 10. alternative politics in Sinhala: Vikalpa www.vikalpa.org 11. news from provinces: Perambara www.perambara.org 12. kottu: blog aggregation www.kottu.org 13. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation www.sinhalabloggers.com 14. sinhala bloggers union: Sinhala blog aggregation www.sinhalabloggers.com 15. twitter: new perspectives www.twitter.com 16. ickr content on sri lanka www.ickr.com 17. social networking: facebook reach with $0 18. social networking: facebook reach with $0 Avg. FB account: 100 friends Groundviews FB page has 1,557 fansUpdates featured on 155,700 FB accounts. Instantly. 19. readership and reach: web media From 19 27 May 2010, Groundviews ran a special edition on the end of war in Sri Lanka. Over this week alone, the site received over forty thousand readers and exclusively featured over eighty-thousand words of original content, one video premiere, over a dozen photos, generating over one hundred and fty thousand words of commentary. Tens of thousands more have read and commented on this content since. 20. social networking: facebook 21. podcasts: apple iTunes 22. Tools for feature writing and editing 23. pronunciation from google dictionary http://www.google.com/dictionary 24. online word processing http://writer.bighugelabs.com 25. google docs http://docs.google.com 26. microsoft ofce online http://ofce.live.com 27. zoho writer http://writer.zoho.com 28. plagiarism check http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker 29. google translate http://translate.google.com 30. visualisations http://www.wordle.net http://www.groundviews.org/2010/01/15/visualising-mahinda-chintanaya-2010-the-presidents-election-manifesto 31. Managing content: Pushing out 32. essential email: Gmail 33. wordpress.com: blogging 34. wordpress.com: blogging http://si.wordpress.com 35. wordpress.com: blogging http://ta.wordpress.com 36. wordpress.com: blogging via phone http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-by-voice 37. ustream.tv: broadcasting via a PC 38. bambuser.com: mobile phone broadcasting 39. drop.io: reports through audio 40. transferring large les https://www.wetransfer.com 41. Managing content: Pulling in 42. google search: Updates from social media 43. google news: thousands of sources 44. google reader: a web based RSS reader 45. key points: recap New technologies potentially give voice to all citizens Be sceptical of new information, but use new media to push and pull content Develop media literacy to embrace new technologies 46. Thank you