Quick take: BBC’s Nik Gowing on new media

The BBC's Nik Gowing writes an excellent piece in the Guardian on how new media is subverting traditional media's vice grip on news and information. As Nik notes in Real-time media is changing our world, Institutional assumptions of commanding the information high ground in a crisis are from a different era. The instant scrutiny created … Continue reading Quick take: BBC’s Nik Gowing on new media

Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka

In light of a Government unable and unwilling to investigate violence against journalists and independent media, satire is one way in which violent events, processes and individuals can be held up for public scrutiny more frequently. In the first submission to the site, Banyan News Reporters publishes a piece on how TV Remote Controllers are … Continue reading Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka

NYPD in the spotlight through YouTube

Initiatives like Witness have been doing it for years, but sites like YouTube resulting in a surge of new videos that expose Police excesses, corruption and brutality even in New York.  A recent article for the NY Times (Officers Become Accidental YouTube Stars) explores the issue further and is in effect an article about citizens … Continue reading NYPD in the spotlight through YouTube

Journalism of the future? Problems and challenges.

Late last year, Ashoka received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a program aimed at identifying, supporting, and connecting social entrepreneurs in knowledge and news. The idea was to use Ashoka’s existing global network to find innovators using journalistic strategies to create transformative social change—and to create a … Continue reading Journalism of the future? Problems and challenges.

Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

Inspired by a post on Burning Bridge to do a count of the number of times all the videos on the Vikalpa YouTube channel had been viewed, I was pleased to note that the videos had been collectively viewed over 104,000 times to date. The channel itself has been viewed over 5,000 times.  Writing in October 2007 … Continue reading Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

“Mass audiences” and citizen journalism

"Sri Lankan participatory media projects do not yet have mass audiences." Burning Bridges makes this statement in a recent post on participatory media's impact on abductions in Sri Lanka. I wonder though, should they? Does it require a "mass audience" to make an impact? I think the answer to this depends on place, context, issue, … Continue reading “Mass audiences” and citizen journalism

Citizen News now on YouTube

YouTube, as promised earlier, has launched a new content creation category called Citizen Reporters. This is now what Vikalpa YouTube Video publishes under, as Sri Lanka's first and only mobile phone based video CJ initiative.  While you are at it, check out the comments in response to the announcement video here. Very revealing. 

Tactical Technology Collective Citizen Journalism Toolkit – How not to do a toolkit

Tactical Technology Collective has come out with a new Citizen Journalism toolkit, to complement earlier toolkits for NGOs and activists on security, audio and video publishing on the internet and FOSS publishing. Covering audio, blogs, images and print (strangely no video) the toolkit is somewhat of a useful resource, but as its stands is irascibly … Continue reading Tactical Technology Collective Citizen Journalism Toolkit – How not to do a toolkit

E-Government vs. E-Governance in Sri Lanka – A place for Web 2.0 and mobiles?

An article on the future of e-government from the US proclaims that Web 2.0 will "transform service delivery, make smarter policies, flatten silos and, most importantly, reinvigorate democracy" and facilitate a shift "from monolithic government agencies to pluralistic, networked governance Webs that fuse the knowledge, skills and resources of the masses." Phew! There are undoubtably great examples … Continue reading E-Government vs. E-Governance in Sri Lanka – A place for Web 2.0 and mobiles?