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Social Networks replacing News Sites

August 18, 2009
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Every day more and more people are joining up to the social networking craze.  If Bebo didn’t originally suit some people, there was always MySpace. By far the biggest one at the moment is Facebook.

When considering Facebook and the media, it can be increasingly seen how a confergence between news and social networking could happen. If people are logging into their facebook account one or two times a day, upcoming news bulletins along with your friends posts are a practical idea.

This question was asked in Vadim Lavrusik blog when he said: “With increasing convergence between social media and traditional content, what is known as a traditional news website might not exist in the coming years.”

He discussed how NewsCloud, a community site for sharing news,  received a grant to study how young people receive their news through social networking.

NewsCloud has set up three sites (Hot Dish, Minnesota Daily and Seattle In:Site) that attract readers in news by linking them to articles by providing a “headline, photo, or blurb”. These three sites also encourage users to blog the news themselves, posting links and images, thus encouraging citizen journalism. Participants can enter into competitions, winning themselves prizes, all with the intention to keep the readers engaged.

This all shows how Facebook has become a platform for news sites to disseminate their information and attract more readers. News spreads so quickly through these websites such as Twitter, that it seems an obvious medium for news digest.

This topic lead me to another article called ‘How Journalists can Master Twitter”. Twitter, similarly described in this article can be used for many things. Breaking stories, celebrity updates on who they just went for dinner with, or traffic updates to your mobile.

As Paul Brashaw said in his blog , “it is what you make it and the only way to figure it out is to start using it”. He explains that twitter can be a useful medium for gathering information for stories. The more people you so call “follow” the more likely it is you will find an interesting story to write about. Often when you read celebrity magazines they include extracts from peoples twitters. Some celebrity magazines even have sections dedicated to funny twitters, or ones discussing their ever dramatic love lives. Many newspapers and politicians now have twitter pages giving you direct quotes for your articles.

Like paulbradshaw says, “twitter is just a platform-it’s what you do with it is what counts”.


Citizen Journalism in the Arab World

August 17, 2009
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As Arab countries are known for their strong censorship of the media, it comes with no surprise that internet blogging by ‘citizen journalists’ has become widespread. Although internet freedoms are limited, they provide a medium in which people can post information, that other medias, such as television, newspapers and radio otherwise cannot.

In SugarCubes blog, he wrote about a conference he attended about Online Journalism in the Arab World. Although, he broadly spoke about Online Journalism he made some interesting points about news sites in Arab countries.

One women, had worked for Arabic CNN, and spoke about her experiences. She explained “why Dubai was particularly chosen as the location of the fifth CNN regional office in the Middle East, saying that Dubai is well known for its support of freedom of press”.

Another Professor, Dr. Jamal from the University of Algeria, spoke of the history of Algeria and the Internet. The first Arabic newspaper to go online was El-Khabar in 1991.

The most interesting part of his blog, was when he spoke of a survey made by two Palestinian Universities. They conducted a survey into the trust of online media, and where astonished by the results. They founds that 85% of Arabic people trusted what they read online, with 15% saying they where unsure and none saying they didn’t trust it. If the same experiment was conducted in Ireland, the results would be very different (especially considering the information in my Wikimedia blog).

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