It’s not just me!

Interesting facts on the demographics of bloggers from only a year ago.

With millions of bloggers across the world, I can’t be alone in my thoughts on the changing world of journalism! I’m sure you don’t want to just hear my opinion on how user-generated content is changing journalism (specifically broadcast news), so check out these other blogs I found that relate to what we’re talking about!

User Generated– This blog isn’t frequently updated, but what it offers is links to a variety of different sites that operate mainly on user-generated content, which provides us with a broad view of what user-generated content is providing to the world of journalism.– Updated frequently, Brad Howard’s blog has many posts specifically under the “user-generated content” tag, but they cover many different areas. Many of the ideas he brings up from previous posts are things I would like to discuss in the future of my own blog.

Michael Roberto– I like this blog because it brings up something I plan to discuss also, the idea of brand management. Will broadcast stations be taken more seriously if they include user-generated content? There are pros and cons to each side of the argument, which Michael Roberto discusses in his blog.

CNN Newsroom– The CNN Newsroom blog is one of the upmost importance, because it is done by the reporters themselves, and discusses what they’re working on, what’s happening in the world, but it also encourages viewers to submit comments and engage with the reporters (the whole idea of user-generated content!)

Oracle– The Oracle blog has a variety of discussions that will be helpful in feeding content and similar ideas to my own blog, including tips on how to moderate the volume of user-generated content a broadcast station receives.

SPJ Network– From the Society of Professional Journalists, this blog has archives dating back to 2007 full of valuable information. One in particular, discusses some of the cons of user-generated content and addresses some concerns, looking at UGC as a threat rather than an asset. This blog will constantly spark new ideas for my own blog posts, as well as alert me to other aspects of journalism.

Publishing 2.0– The title itself, the (r) Evolution of Media, just tells me this blog will helpful in idea development. What I like most is that it touches on all different areas, including broadcast, print, and advertising. This blog has several entries about broadcast media and the developing world of journalism just on the first page, and with pages full of archives, this blog will offer a wealth of information.

Mediactive– One of the most respected technology authors in the country, Dan Gillmor authors this blog, and offers valuable insight into the idea of the 24-hour news cycle, with instant posting ability. He uses real-world examples to demonstrate both the good and bad of this access, most recently with the Boston Bombing media disaster.

Say Anything– The Say Anything Blog has several different contributors who comment and post on several different topics. You may think that not all headlines instantly apply, but by searching keywords like “television” and “citizen journalism,” scores of blog posts pop up that will provide relevant content to discuss on this blog.

Beyond the Hype– Under the “communications” tag, several options appear, again some including real world examples. I like that this blog discusses what’s happening next, or what we think may be happening next, in the world of journalism. This blog will be very informative for my own because it does a great job at discussing the dynamic relationships journalists hold with the citizens in their communities.

News Me Back– This is a little bit different, because it’s not written by a famous author or professor of television, it’s written by citizen journalists themselves! A blog about the very phenomenon we’ll be discussing here is incredibly helpful, because it will show a sampling of what citizen journalists are talking about, the quality of the work, and where it could be helpful within the larger world of journalism.


One thought on “It’s not just me!

  1. Thank you for the recommendation Eva. Whilst the concept of UGC is interesting, it shouldn’t be discussed in isolation. It’s the content that’s important not [always] the source… Content is king and all that… .

    On the other hand, user authentication is vital. Anyone can become a news source, but to put your name to it forever (the digital footprint) adds more credibility. And confirming the person really is who they say they are is going to be the big challenge on the Internet over the next few months if not years. Twitter does this through Verified Accounts, and soon we’ll want everything (and I mean everything) to be attributable to a verified user.

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