Kategorien von Citizen-Journalisten

--- Im Editors Weblog findet sich eine Kategorisierung von Citizen-Journalisten:
- the citizen journalist who owns a digital camera or a camera phone and sends shootings to a news organisation during a major event (tsunami, London bombing…) or a local car accident
- who wants to cover its local or virtual community and produce targeted content
- who is a militant and campaigns for political reasons. How Eason Jordan was fired from CNN by infuriated bloggers in January 2005, was a good example of biased citizen journalism
- who is eager to participate to a «conversation» with professional journalists and bloggers. «News is just the beginning» says Jeff Jarvis and, in some cases, it is true.

No doubt something new has appeared in the last two years and that traditional newsrooms will have to deal with these new citizen journalists. But the idea that there is an essence of citizen journalism - as replacing the so-called traditional journalism - is dead. Citizen journalists are part of the family, but different. And this difference depends on what journalists and bloggers call « collective intelligence ». For a journalist, a newsroom is the expression of collective intelligence with horizontal links between colleagues and fact-checkers, but also with vertical relationships from the basic journalist to the editor-in-chief. For a blogger (or a wikimedian) the network hates vertical acquaintances and will always give the priority to horizontal linking and fact-checking. As the Zagat cuisine guide, the real judge is the number of links to a site: popularity becomes synonymous of truth and quality. Not often relevant in the news process.
Erste Erfolgsberichte vom "Bürgerjournalismus" im Bereich Foto-Vertrieb hat derweil die "Citizen Photo Agency" Scoopt herausgegeben. Größter Erfolg demnach bis jetzt: A cell-phone photo of Conservative Party leader David Cameron doing some grocery shopping on the day that he won the leadership contest sold for US$2,200 to two daily newspapers and a Sunday paper. Bleibt nur die Frage, wie viele der mitwirkenden "Snapper" bislang gar nichts verkauft haben. Via Poynter. Diskussion im Forum.

Und sonst: Auch Folter- und Gefangenenlager feiern Geburtstag: Four Years Guantánamo.

Keine Entwarnung im Bombenstreit mit den Mullahs: Iran will im Atomkonflikt nicht nachgeben. Iran habe "dem Weltfrieden geschadet", meint der österreichische EU- Ratsvorsitzende Schüssel. Teheran reagierte unbeeindruckt und sieht etwaigen Konsequenzen gelassen entgegen.

Wider die Lobbykrake: Steinbrück attackiert «maßlosen» Lobbyismus. Selten deutlich kritisierte der Finanzminister die Scheinheiligkeit vieler Interessensverbände. Hoffentlich folgt dann auch noch die Selbstkritik an der Scheinheiligkeit vieler Politiker.

Propaganda-Blogger im Auftrag des Pentagon: "The U.S. Army has hired Manning Selvage & Lee to do outreach to pro-military bloggers," the managing director of Hass MS&L, the firm's Detroit office that focuses on "new media" and the automotive industry, told O'Dwyer's. "The blogs are viewed as a way to distribute 'good news' about Iraq." At least four bloggers have received an email from Hass MS&L, according to the Washington Post. "The Army believes that military blogs are a valuable medium for reaching out to soldiers," the email explains. "To that end, the Army plans to offer you and selected bloggers exclusive editorial content." Blogger Donald Sensing accepted the offer.

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