MonthJune 2014

Citizen journalism looking up with Google Glass

Via Gizmodo:

Wearables work really well for breaking news alerts,” said Lindsey Dew, Software Developer. “You don’t even need to check your phone, it’s delivered straight to you. It’s great for seeing precisely what’s happening now, and delivering the exact information you need to know. The challenge we have is how do you also deliver detail, as you are limited by the UI. We’ve added ‘Save for Later’ functionality in the Guardian Glassware app, letting people send long-form journalism to their phones.”

More pertinent than news delivery, the Guardian team sees Glass’s potential sitting with creating breaking news reports. Glass can be a powerful tool for budding amateur reporters looking to add to the growing pool of “citizen journalism”.

“The scope for something like ‘citizen journalism’ with something like Glass is massive,” said Dew. “It’s a step ahead of mobile phones. That’s what Glass is really out to do — not to distract you, but to enable you to capture the moment.”

Citizen journalism is kicking butt in Syria

Via Science Codex:

Citizen reporters are increasingly getting stories out of remote areas of Syria, which are difficult for traditional media to reach during the conflict, according to data collated for Index on Censorship magazine.

It showed more reports were coming from citizen journalists than traditional media, in all areas of the country, with the exception of Homs.

Index on Censorship magazine worked with Syria Tracker, the independent news tracker, which has scanned 160,000 news reports and social media updates to look at the scale of citizen journalism. Syria Tracker verifies and analyses data before publishing on its own website. Only 6 per cent of data is considered to be well enough sourced to be published.

Can nanotransactions save online journalism? Answer: Yes

From StartUpSmart:

Nick Ross, the ABC’s editor of technology and games, has begun crowdfunding a project called Nanotransactions, which allows publishers and blogging communities to charge users a few cents to access each piece of content.

As with prepaid mobile accounts, Ross’ model sees users top their accounts using the online payment system of their choice, including bitcoin, to a minimum amount of $5.

Unlike current micropayment systems, which charge publishers up to 30 cents per transaction, the Nanotransaction model is envisaged to involve a charge of just one cent for an article with an access charge of up to nine cents.
The system will also be web-based, meaning users won’t need to download a specific app in order to access content.

I dunno. Seems awful inconvenient to me. I better mail in my payment for at home delivery of yesterday’s news so I can get all those coupons for out-of-town stores I’ll never visit.

The fact of the matter is, any payment system that delivers content of a viable and vibrant online-only version of your daily newspaper will invariably be cheaper and more efficient than the paperboy delivery model in use today.

‘Oakland Voices Empowers Citizen Journalism’

Via Axiom News:

Community members are being trained to produce news for local news organizations through a program sparked by the desire to see the Oakland Tribune do a better job connecting with the community beyond the pages of the paper.

The program, Oakland Voices, will be starting its third class and second cohort of 10 East Oakland, California citizens this month. The class will engage in a nine-month training program to create news on an independent website and for the Oakland Tribune, says Martin G. Reynolds, co-founder of the program. He formed the idea when he was editor in chief at the Oakland Tribune in 2009.

“I’ve always felt that a newspaper should be a place of convening,” he says. “What better way to convene than by empowering residents from communities often left out of the conversation to participate?”