Posts tagged ‘citizen’s media’

3 December 2010

Russian bloggers and political change

Via Global Voices, a community portal reporting on blog and citizen’s media around the world, I came across a story about Marina Litvinovich, blogger, civic rights and human rights activist in Russia. (Her Russian blog here.) She talks about the increasingly important role of blogs as investigative journalism in Russia.

First we have to talk about a special place that LiveJournal plays in the Russian blogosphere. LiveJournal blogs have a tremendous impact on politics and news agenda. Mainstream media are losing their foothold as a sole provider of information and blogs are stepping up. Bloggers are also independent interpreters of events. In many news events, the first interpretation is very important. When the blogosphere interprets the news, it is like a soup that is being cooked in front of your eyes.

18 November 2008

Wiki of the day

Actually, two wikis of the day. The first, Volxbibel, in German; the second, CivilMedia, in English.

On Volxbibel users democratically re-write/re-translate the bible. The wiki is a workplace where each text can be edited and re-edited. After theologists and teachers have a look at the results of the various versions, a book is then published. Third version (3.0) is now on sale.

The Civil Media wiki covers the Civilmedia08 conference in Salzburg from 3-5 December 2008. “Cultures – Participation – Dialogue” invites media activists, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, community development workers and all interested to Salzburg to discuss the importance of communicty/grassroots/citizen’s/civil media, with a specific focus on intercultural dialogue in Europe.

29 October 2008

CDA in Sydney Morning Herald

Responding to the use of the passive in The Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Last koala habitats get the chop’ story, a reader sent in the following letter:

Incident of the passive verb

The article “Last koala habitats get the chop” (, October 28) refers to the police issuing “a warning against violent protests, in light of recent logging-related incidents in Tasmania, which saw an activist’s car smashed”. Please get rid of that passive verb. It was loggers who took a sledgehammer to a car with an activist inside it – the incident saw nothing.

Naomi Blackburn Darlinghurst

Critical Discourse Analysis in action.

Via John Knox.

22 October 2008

Making the local global

Investigative journalism 101. How to find the global relevance of the story you’re reporting and ways to help readers/viewers connect with it. Some story-telling tips from writer and poet Kwame Dawes.

From Project:Report in association with the Pulitzer Center.

5 October 2008

Community Radio in Europe

Conference Announcement: Community Radio in Europe: Broadcasting on the Edge.

When: 11-14 December 2008

Where: Hôtel Caro, Bucharest, Romania

Aims: To support the development of citizens’ radio across Europe, especially East and Central Europe. In discoursology terms, the aims are to find strategies to increase the ability of citizen’s radio to shift discursive conventions and the hegemonic narration of global events. This includes not only extending the reach of community radio to a broader community, but also emphasising the democratising potential for the participants involved in jointly producing community radio.

The organisers, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC, say:

The event will offer an opportunity for almost one hundred community radio  broadcasters from more than 30 countries across Europe to meet and develop strategies to strengthen community radio across the region, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.

The conference draws its theme – Broadcasting on the Edge – from the fact that the community radio sector is too often marginalized or even illegal in parts of Europe. It is unable to operate successfully in a number of countries because those countries have incomplete legal and statutory frameworks, thus leaving community radio in limbo.

29 September 2008

Citizen’s Journalism

In a recent issue of Journalism Studies, Zvi Reich presents a thought-provoking investigation into the daily practices of citizen’s news media, arguing that ‘ordinary citizens can serve as a vital complement to mainstream journalism, however not as its substitute’. Although he lists several advantages of citizen reporters, one central issue is couched in a lexis of deficiency. Citzen reporters have ‘inferior access to news sources’, an ‘aversion of human agents’ and thus ‘limited news access’.

Reich thus opens up fascinating terrain for those exploring citizen’s media. Is it necessarily a deficit that citizen reporters do not rely as heavily as their mainstream counterparts on elite sources, given that, as he points out, mainstream reporters are regularly criticised for giving some of their elite sources ‘extensive and favored coverage’?

The paper also – controversially – implies an analogy between (i) the differences between citizen’s journalism and mainstream journalism and (ii) traditional modes of describing the differences between the genders: women have well-developed intuition; men have authority and rationality:

[The study] may very well yield significant insights concerning mainstream journalism as well. For instance, the present study’s findings may point to those elements of journalism that can be tackled by lay citizens, on account of their developed intuition or common sense. Conversely, the findings may shed light on those areas that are best left to the discretion of professional journalists. (p. 740)

Worth reading:
Reich, Z. (2008). How citizen’s create news stories. Journalism Studies, 9(5), 739 – 758.