June 30, 2009

YouTube’s new Reporters’ Center

JD LasicaRegular readers know that Socialmedia.biz covers not just social media but also citizen media — and it’s all melding together anyway into one giant conversational media ecosystem, right?

So I was gladdened to hear that Google and YouTube have taken another tentative step forward into the realm of citizen journalism with Monday’s launch of the YouTube Reporters’ Center. Above is one of the featured videos: NPR’s Scott Simon on How to Tell a Story.

YouTube has done some great work in the space with its pioneering Ask the presidential candidates a question in the CNN YouTube Debates and with its citizentube project currently documenting the turmoil in streets of Iraq.

While the pleas of some in the news profession for Google to step in and “save” the U.S. newspapers industry are downright silly, Google and YouTube are doing the smart thing by focusing on the journalism, not the underlying publishing platform, and by underscoring the need to uphold journalism values and standards instead of throwing it all on the scrapheap and starting from scratch, as all too many bloggers want to do.

Here’s a guest post by my friend Oliva Ma of YouTube’s News & Politics team announcing the new Center:

Helping you report the news

Ever captured a natural disaster or a crime on your cell-phone camera? Filmed a political rally or protest, and then interviewed the participants afterward? Produced a story about a local issue in your community? If you’ve done any of these things or aspire to, then you’re part of the enormous community of citizen reporters on YouTube — and now we’re launching a new resource to help you learn more about how to report the news.

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May 8, 2007

Justin Kan of JustinTV


Last week at OnHollywood I caught up with Justin Kan, creator of Justin.tv. Justin’s been the talk of the social media world the past couple of months, especially at the Web 2.0 Expo and at OnHollywood. He wears a webcam 24/7, and Justin.tv will be rolling out live video streaming services for subscribing shortly.

Here’s the 3-minute video (in MPEG-4) I shot with my Nokia N93 cell phone. It’s also currently the lead video at Ourmedia.

April 23, 2007

Help us name a new politics channel

Political speech gathering

Today a few of us met in San Francisco to begin planning the contours of a new online political speech channel for the 2008 election. (Picutred from left, Dave Toole of Outhink, yours truly, Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, Doug Kaye of the Conversations Network and Morty Wiggins of Outhink.)

The idea is a simple one, though it will take some engineering magic to make it happen:  We see a need to help the public to engage political candidates and elected officials in a conversation around national and local issues leading up to the 2008 U.S. elections.

Toward that end, we will provide free resources, tools and a platform to help citizens to:

• take up the tools of citizen journalism to record candidates’ speeches and interviews;

•  connect with sringers who will capture live events;

• access video footage and audio files — both contemporary and archival — of candidates and elected political figures;

• annotate or remix video and audio to create their own multimedia political commentaries and news reports;

• view examples of citizen journalism and mash-ups relating to politics to see best practices and to inform their own works;

• collaborate with other digital media producers when desired;

• share their works by publishing them.

We won’t announce the project and solicit participation by those interested in the political process until we build some of the basic underpinnings of the channel on Ourmedia in a way that will make it easy to pull in videos and podcasts from other sites as well as to allow people to post channel content on their own blogs and sites.

But we thought it important to be transparent about the process and to solicit your suggestions about what we should call this project. Some of the names tossed into the hat so far (and please add your own) are:

• Remix Politics
• Political Speech
• Ourpolitics
• Read Write Politics
• 2008 Elections
• Citizen Politics
• Take Back Politics
• By the People
• Politalk
• Your nomination (if selected, we’ll credit you on the site)

This will actually be a landing page for a number of different channels, or collections of videos, podcasts and discussion boards (we’ll explain more fully what a website "channel" is in a few weeks once we map out the details). We anticipate that in many cases, people will be able to tag their videos with a name (such as remixpolitics or politicalspeech) and it will automatically show up in the channel.

I’m pretty excited about this project and look forward to making this a broad-based effort that involves bloggers from both the right and the left.

March 26, 2007

Principles of Citizen Journalism project launches


Today we’re unveiling a new project, Principles of Citizen Journalism, at the new Citizen News Network (run by the Knight Foundation) and at Dan Gillmor’s Center for Citizen Media.

I had a hand in the project, which lays out the underlying foundations of what it takes to do journalism, whether by amateurs or professionals.

"Principles" contains screencasts, slide shows, podcasts, tutorials, tip sheets and interviews with thought leaders in citizen media, including Doc Searls, Jimmy Wales, Ethan Zuckerman, Debbie Galant, Jay Rosen, Mary Hodder, Jarah Euston and many others. (See the full list of interview subjects here.) I’ve been holding back on publishing some of these video podcasts, so look for them here and on Real People Network in the next two weeks.

Here are a few of my favorite parts:

Screencast: How to correct mistakes online (Flash done by Laura Lo Forti, narration by Lisa Padilla)

Slide show: Fact-checking in citizen journalism (interviews with Amy Gahran, Brooks Jackson, Courtney Lowery).

Confessional: Professional journalists admit to some of their biggest screw-ups

We’ve released everything under a Creative Commons license (and a few works are under less restrictive licenses). Dan Gillmor has more here. As always, we want this to be an ongoing conversation, so please dive in, post comments, toss out ideas and have at it.

February 15, 2007

NPR tackles social media

Andy Carvin

At the WeMedia conference in Miami last week, I finally had the chance to meet Andy Carvin in person. Andy’s a longtime blogger, podcaster and all-around smart guy. He’s now helping National Public Radio devise its social media strategy. In this 8-minute video interview, he talks about "NPRness" and the challenges of bringing social media components into an august media organization. (Ourmedia page | watch video)