Friday, June 17, 2005

The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism

Poynteronline features an interesting article titled "The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism".
The article suggests 11 different ways to implement Citizen Journalism in traditional news outlets.

The layers are:
  • Opening up to public comment
  • The citizen add-on reporter
  • Open-source reporting
  • The citizen bloghouse
  • Newsroom citizen 'transparency' blogs
  • The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Edited version
  • The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Unedited version
  • Add a print edition
  • The hybrid: Pro + citizen journalism
  • Integrating citizen and pro journalism under one roof
  • Wiki journalism: Where the readers are editors
It also discusses the very successful OhmyNews concept from Korea: a news site that has reqruited some 38,000 citizen reporters to write the news along with the pro journalists. Seems like this concept might be the future of journalism, as it's profitable and challenges the traditional media with a distributed model.

In Finland the number of sites which employ citizen journalism is almost zero. I can only think of Vaasalaisia which just started and is obviously small. These citizen journalism concepts have potential, yet even the term blog is unfamiliar to many in our country. There is a lot of discussion about how citizens could take part in city planning, though...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Podcasting and vodcasting

Podcasting is really picking up, so is vodcasting (the same with video). The white paper "Podcasting & Vodcasting" from the University of Missouri looks like a good introduction to the latest cool technology, which is pretty much identified as a functional medium for amateur producers of audio and video programs.

Sidenote: We are currently preparing a new website for our Dicole company. A new logo and updated information of what we are offering is on the way. We are pretty much reinventing ourselves.

We aim to make the site sound as human as possible and encourage a conversation. No static pages. Every page -- be it information about the company, product or foresight etc. -- is almost like a blog, always alive, telling a story and ready for outside comments. I bet it's the first in my country to take a very different approach to corporate identity on the web.

In fact, a corporation does not have an identity, as the corporation is not a human being. Corporations consists of human beings, which have identities. We want to bring the people on the front while pushing that humorlessly crafted corporate identity under the carpet. Everyone should do the same.

Look at your company website. Does it have a spark?