Journalism 2.0 by CNN’s news anchor Kristie Lu Stout @ NUS

Journalism 2.0
Photo by Leaf Monkey

Multi-talented environmentalist, Leaf Monkey, covers the Journalism 2.0 lecture by CNN’s news anchor Kristie Lu Stout, held recently at the National University of Singapore. Leaf Monkey didn’t just blog about it, she twittered it live for the benefit of those like me living continents away. Here are just two of the many takeaways from the lecture:

Difference between Mainstream and Grassroots Approach to Journalism
Kristie mentioned the subtle difference between some of these Journalism 2.0 sites. On mainstream media engaging the citizen journalists, we have well professional ones such as Straits Time’s Stomp as well as CNN’s I-Report. On the grassroots end, Monkey noted how “journalism 2.0 websites which [she] admire like Wonkette, Ecorazzi and some Metroblogging cities usually have big team of contributors and resources. Sadly, they also set themselves up to appear as “gossip” sites which may do nothing for their credibility. Others like OhMyNews work in an office no different from a traditional newsroom which says a lot on the amount of resources needed for a credible citizen journalism outfit.” Do note that Korea’s OhMyNews was said to have influenced the election of the current President of South Korea.

On the Future of Journalism 2.0
Leaf Monkey notes that Kristie also predicts the future of Journalism 2.0 moving towards “greater social consumption of the news where people prefer to discuss with others about the news than to just react to it alone”. An recent example was CNN Youtube political debate which I watched with great interest. Being a first of it’s kind, the next day reaction of the press sat in two camps: Some considered it groundbreaking, others considered it a messy sensationalistic piece. I felt that this might have only worked in the States, where some of the Youtube video submissions screened on live television were a little too raw, dicey or racy IMHO. It’s definitely a good attempt at having greater public presence in the journalistic process, though a better system might need to be in place to reinforce quality in the discussion. As with most participatory services such as Digg or Ping.sg, the trick is to figure out a system which could sieve out quality from quantity, to create a better signal to noise ratio. Till today, I haven’t found any automated or crowdsourced way which beats authority driven systems, one where the few elite decide on the resultant content, as seen in BoingBoing.net and Tomorrow.sg

Head over to Leaf Monkey’s blog for her comprehensive coverage…

Aside 1: As Leaf Monkey mentioned, you might also be interested in two talks I gave in Singapore, namely “Youtube and Beyond” (video) held at the National Library, as well as “Crowdsourcing the Media” (video) held at Nexus 2007.

Aside 2: Siva (Otterman) takes my “Youtube and Beyond” further by sharing test results of his online videos in various formats. Note that he has live video embeds, so save your work before venturing forth into his Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts.

3 thoughts on “Journalism 2.0 by CNN’s news anchor Kristie Lu Stout @ NUS

  1. I think we really need a better system which could sieve out quality from quantity. While ping.sg manages to sieve out what is popular, it doesn’t necessary means quality. Tomorrow.sg has editors to sieve out quality post, but sometimes the entries that they approve also lack substances. And also, it seems like there aren’t many contributors. Stomp is more of a quantity rather than quality.

    Perhaps there is still room in Singapore for another citizen journalism site to fill the gap.

  2. oh wow im a “multi talented environmentalist” *blush* haha you’re too kind.

    But I do agree with DK and I’ll probably just reply to his comment on my blog here – who is going to be the watchdog of citizen journalists? gosh I guess that’s like advertorials in mainstream media – nobody’s stopping them either! But I think it boils down to individual ethics but with MSM, being a corporation it’s easy to jump on their ethics but with 6.1 billion people on earth, how do we ensure synchronized standards of ethics? difficult.

    I did discuss this with Kristie privately about bloggers having to do fact-checking and the conclusion is that it’s hard. I try to do so but I constantly worry about misrepresenting and Otterman (Siva) is often on my case about fact checking too! haha

  3. @DK: If we were to chart out the attributes of Singapore’s citizen journalism sites as you’ve mentioned, I think we can find a sweet spot somewhere. While we could have more sites, my main criticism is that Singapore’s has too small a market to gain critical mass required to have the success Digg or Slashdot has. Little tweaks might be all that’s needed to improve existing services like Ping.sg. If I come across anything useful, I’ll keep you guys posted.

    @Monkey: But you are a one-woman-show! Thanks for sharing this. šŸ˜€

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