Sunday, March 23, 2008

Majoring in Virtual Journalism

A new form of journalism has erupted among the public. We don't need to hear the news from the big name media companies. We can hear it from a friend or a stranger who captures the story with their phone. Or what might be available soon is the wearable computer, WearComp, which is mentioned by author Howard Rheingold in "Smart Mobs." He also mentions joining a mobile community called Upoc, a community that is based on sending messages to your phone.
If news is always breaking and there is so much information out there being covered, who and what will people be listening to? Will people become selective in the news they hear? By joining certain online groups, will they only receive a limited amount of information?


Alyssa said...

The reporter in the video you posted says "the mobile phone helps us get news out faster and online". I agree with this statement.

When I read about this in the book Smart Mobs, it almost reminded me of the book series and now popular television show Gossip Girl. The characters on the show take pictures of events they view as "news " and send it instantly through the phone. You really have to be careful because you don't know who is taking a picture of you and where the picture is being sent.

Deepak Shahani said...

The rise of social news media, where anyone can contribute to the news, may change the business model of media companies and the media industry. There may be a shift away from traditional media reporting and increased empowerment and reliance on laymen for journalism.

I think this is a great way of sharing information, as reporters may not always get the images or stories as they emerge, and it may also reduce the costs of reporting as the public can send in stories.