“We are joined by Martin Bryant who is Editor in Chief at technology news publication The Next Web, which closely tracks the latest developments online, from giants like Google and Facebook to the latest emerging startups. He’s seen the future, and it’s now. Will he scare the living daylights out of us, or give us some solace that we are in the grip of robot hype and the reality of Robots being our overlords is some time off yet?
Well if you can read German (which I can’t!) an interview with myself and Matt McAlister about the community funded collaborative journalism platform we launched in January, Contributoria.com, has just been published by Medium Magazine.
“Social journalism is a direct response to a revolution in the means of production. Not so long ago, you needed a printing press or satellite dish to ‘make’ news. Today, all you need is a smart phone and a social network. In an age where everyone is telling a story, social journalists help us find the people worth listening to and rescue their stories from an ocean of noise.”
“Once you got to the point where social networks started to act quite a bit like publishers then everyone kind of realised that the end user started to view media through a different lens, with an expectation that some of the process be exposed. The user isn’t there just to sit back and take everything in, they also can be part of the story.
The further you push that model the more you realise you need to expose your internal processes and show people what it is you’re making, how you’re making it, and how they can get involved with some of the small and big decisions.”
“The suggestion raised a few eyebrows; after all, encouraging people to quiz politicians and say exactly what they think of Dudley council online and without an agenda isn’t very in keeping with how local authorities usually operate.
But thousands of people share ideas and opinions on the Dudley borough Facebook page. It’s one of a number of social media platforms we’re very established on, and there’s about 2,500 likes on the page, with numbers steadily increasing. The council’s communications team regularly shares news, information and consultations and people are keen to get involved. It seemed an obvious step to take the conversations that are happening at our regular community forums to Facebook.”