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CIL2007: Tuesday Morning Keynote

Posted by comartslibrarian on April 17, 2007

Andy Carvin, National Public Radio delivered his presentation: “Using Social Media for Community Engagement”

This slideshow is available at www.andycarvin.com/complibaries.ppt. He also blogs at pbs.org/learningnow on education and technology issues.

Web 2.0 a.k.a. “We Media” removes many of the financial and technical barriers to people producing online content.

Race, income, education are less of a factor. Latinos, African Americans slightly more likely top post online content than whites – Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project

Journalists distrust or dislike “citizen journalist” bloggers as biased, untrustworthy… Disrespect is mutual: bloggers claim journalists aim for sound bites, don’t respect the public’s intelligence…

Is the press/blog war over? More and more large newspapers are incorporating bloggers into daily print and online publications (see Indy Star at http://blogs.intakeweekly.com/blogsquad/). NPR is inviting the public to help create new programming by sharing rough rafts of shows before ready for prime time. Examples: Rough Cuts (npr.org/blogs/roughcuts/), Bryant Park.

See also radioopensource.org. They open editorial process to the public, ask users to participate online. BBC Have Your Say is another example. CNN’s iTV – used yesterday during the Virginia Tech shootings to broadcast sounds of the shootings at Norris Hall. A tornado approaching Enterprise, Alabama. USA Today incorporated social networking across their site – users can comment on any story, not limited to a special section.

english.ohmynews.com – a Korean online news service publishes in Korean, English, Japanese. Invites public to submit content as volunteers, ones that submit consistently get paid.

Web 2.0 being applied to political arena as well: VoteGuide, E-Democracy.org

“My readers know more than I do. And if we can all take advantage of that, in the best sense of the expression, we will all be better informed.“ — Dan Gillmor

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