I found this article on AlterNet:
In the last week, there were two major examples of how people-powered media can educate and mobilize people even if the mass corporate media does not report on an issue.
We are in the midst of an era of media transition. The corporate media is facing tremendous financial, employee and audience challenges. At the root of their problem is credibility. In 2004, Gallup reported that “39% currently say they have ‘not very much’ confidence in the media’s accuracy and fairness, while 16% say they have ‘none at all.’” Gallup reported this was the lowest credibility rating in three decades. But, the decline continued and by 2012, Gallup reported that distrust of the media had risen by 5% to 60% having little or no trust in the media – a new record. A 2013 Gallup poll found only 1 in 4 Americans trust television or newspaper news.
At the same time, technology has given rise to a new people-powered media. People can now turn their telephones into a video outlet and their social networks into a newspaper. Repeatedly we have seen someone publish a video from their phone and make national news. Any individual can go onto social networking outlets and reach thousands, if not tens of thousands of people in this new democratized media. Others create blogs that gain mass followings. Cities have groups like the DC Media group, citizen activists from the occupy movement, or the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia building media teams. And, through activist organizations, news that is not covered in the media is shared widely. One reason we created Popular Resistance was to provide coverage of the burgeoning movement for social and economic justice that is building in the United States and around the world but ignored by the mass media. People can even get a daily movement news report in their email every morning.
Go read the whole thing.
Folks, this is what the whole Blog Peoria Project is all about.
Consider for a moment how much of the product produced by the mainstream media is produced by the government. Crime stories. Fire stories, City Council stories. Even weather stories. All of them spoon fed to the media by “official spokesmen.”
I’ve said this before: Journalism is not rocket surgery. At its bare minimum, all a journalist is is someone who looks out the window and tells others what he sees. You don’t need a degree in journalism. You don’t need to adhere to the AP Stylebook.
Look out your window and TELL US WHAT YOU SEE.
See a neighborhood in the middle of official neglect? Tell us.
See a street that hasn’t been plowed of snow this winter? Tell us.
See a lawn that hasn’t been mowed all summer? Tell us?
Tell us WHAT YOU SEE. If you’re pissed off about it, the chances are that someone else is too.
The media isn’t going to tell us. Yeah, the media MIGHT do a story about the snow storm, but I rather doubt they are going to give anyone any grief about how they haven’t plowed YOUR street. And why should they report on the overgrown grass next door, when the entire city is falling apart, and everyone thinks it’s NORMAL.
Tell us. And take pictures. Or better yet, take VIDEO. Post them to your Blog Peoria Project blog, and email a permalink to your city council member.
Your city council member will always, ALWAYS listen to Chamber of Commerce types. But they will listen to YOU too, if you have a blog.
if you own a Blog Peoria Project blog, you are a media maven. It’s the exact same thing as owning one of those big presses the Journal Star uses. It’s exactly the same thing as owning a broadcast tower like WMBD or WEEK.
And when we all work together and share information and exchange links, our power is multiplied.