August 08, 2005

Blogs and citizen journalism

Writing about web page http://nml.ru.ac.za/menthol/?p=32

Following the events of the last few months there has been a lot of media coverage following the development of what some are calling Citizen Journalism – you may have seen the requests on the BBC and other websites asking for pictures, experiences and other information.

Much of the debate around this topic over the last 6 months has been about blogs vs Mainstream media and the end of traditional journalism. Hugh Hewitt's book Blog presents the bloggers case in this battle with rabid enthusiasm.

Vincent Maher, a South African academic, has posted an interesting riposte to those who argue that citizen journalists are inherently superior to the old school paid up members of the print and broadcast professions.

The comments pick up on a few areas of debate. In particular the question of ethics is one that is interesting to explore in terms of the responsibilities of both parties to ensure accuracy. The question of who do you trust to tell the truth is an interesting one. From a Warwick perspective it would be interesting to know what sources people trust most – WarwickBlogs, insite, The Boar.


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  1. John Dale

    it would be interesting to know what sources people trust most WarwickBlogs, insite, The Boar.

    Well, trust is a slightly nebulous concept. But I think there are attributes of each of those sources that inform the way we think about them:-

    • Insite: Official, corporate, institutional. Not done for personal satisfaction or enjoyment. Unlikely ever to represent the university in a poor light. Not guaranteed to be complete, in that not everything which is happening at Warwick is reported on Insite.

    • Blogs: Unofficial, personal, biased but probably honest. Believable because free of obligation to present university in strictly positive way. But not necessarily well informed

    • Boar: Unofficial, credibility problem arising from need to "break" stories (that's what the journalists say, right?), so hard to distinguish genuine news from storm in teacup.

    Nothing in that list makes one of those sources more trustworthy than the others, but it does mean that one can look at them in different ways.

    09 Aug 2005, 15:01


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