New Media and Empowerment (Types (Effects (a pseudonymous blogger’s…
New Media and Empowerment
Is blogging Journalism?
No but it can
a full-time reporter
hardly provide the appropriate vehicle for full-fledged investigative journalism.
blogs focus on narrow subject
lack the tools and experience for in-depth research.
They don’t know how to fact-check
“You can’t just sit on your computer all day. You need to get off your butt, go out there and interview sources, investigate the issue yourself and then write what you’ve learned.”
Highlight under-covered stories, biases and poor arguments
First-hand reporting and media commentary
Foster dialogues between journalists and audience
eg:The New Yorkers
Less influenced by censorship or editorial board
Adopt interpretative and oriented opinion
Special Event Coverage
Not for discussion purpose
Opinion Columns & Commentary
offering either competing or complementary information [and commentary] about news
To the extent a particular topic into a more detailed
prompted mainstream news organizations to become involved in reporting the story.
a pseudonymous blogger’s reports from Iraq took on more credibility than established media institutions.
Many American reporters were embedded with military units
Challenge institutional journalism
Gatekeeping → Gatewatching
Participatory nature fosters civic engagement
Audiences serve as news disseminators
“universal access to knowledge and information”
the possibility for the “marginalized” to get involved in the creation of information exchange
Bridging the digital divide
“One Laptop per Child”
the production gap
The information is created by a small portion of the Internet using population.
Active & passive
Know & understand
the lack of capability to develop skills to effectively utilize ICTs
mostly empowered to create popular culture-oriented content and personal/everyday life-oriented content
not really a shift in power over media content in the mainstream online news media