Another couple of pieces of mine appear in the Press Gazette this week – nothing to do with Vietnam travel, Saigon, streetfood or anything else from Asia, so avert your eyes now if the subject matter is of less than zero interest. Here’s the main story.
It’s part of Reporters Guide to Citizen Journalism. Best navigate all features from the Press Gazette blog. There’s an interview with Dan Gillmor, one with Scoopt founder Kyle Macrae and others from the BBC, ITV and SkyNews. Well worth trawling through. For my money Tim Worstall nails the main problem/opportunity now facing old media with the advent of the blog era,
“Success will go to the editorial team that can mix and match the
best of both. For, as should be obvious, the 500,000 UK bloggers know
more, in detail, on any and every subject under the sun than the staff
of any individual newspaper,” he says. “How to pick out of the rabble that one voice that has the truth on any specific subject will be the difficulty." Press Gazette.
Which brought to mind this recent quote by Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Editor. Via Mbites,
"The Internet now does a lot of information on all sorts of subjects
better than newspapers. I shouldn’t be saying this live to the world
outside, I should be keeping this a secret, but a lot of people have
twigged to this."
if you haven’t you’re a wee bit dim. Secrets are so 1980’s. It would
take a pretty thick newspaper editor/proprietor not to see this. I’m working on something with Kyle and Tim that may help things along. More, much more, on that next month all being well. And hopefully I’ll get to discuss it at the We Media Global Forum in May.
UPDATE: Download the pdf
FURTHER UPDATE: Download the entire Reporter’s guide to citizen journalism.