Citizen Journalism

Media convergence has challenged the way journalism has been operating over the past few generations. Citizen journalism is when participants of information¬†play an active role by gathering, analysing and distributing news. This is now integrated into our culture as society is changing the way we receive information by transferring from print media to digital media. Why? Because it’s convenient. Instant. Free. The best part about it all is – you can interact. We as consumers are becoming the producers through blogging, vlogging, and even social networking. Media platforms (i.e. YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, SoundCloud, Vimeo) allow us to contribute to collective intelligence in the comfort of our own homes, if desired.

I like to receive my news online because it’s usually from people which I know personally. There is no thorough editing process for the information presented to the public. One click and boom. It’s there, online for EVERYONE to see, at any time. I feel information online can be more reliable because you can discover more about an issue by commenting on the source, and there is usually multiple web pages where the story will overlap, OR alternatively you may know the source personally. For example there was a car crash near my house a few months ago. Because many of my Facebook friends live in my area, or pass through here on a daily basis, I knew about this crash within minutes after it had occurred, before I had even gotten out of bed that morning, and before any news station journalist had written or even knew about it. I read details about the car and passengers on various status updates from people who had driven past, or knew the people in the accident. This is where citizen journalism differs from traditional journalists – reading about incidents online from locals you somehow have a connection to – whether it’s someone you knew from school, a colleague, a friend, a friend of a friend… you get my drift. Traditional journalists are struggling to keep up, and I am interested to see what citizen journalism can do in the future.

BCM112 – Media Platform/Emerging Technology

Choosing my media platform was not a simple process… there’s so much out there. Some were too broad, too specific, too bizarre and some I’d never heard of. I finally decided to choose something I knew about already which is important to me, that I have found a dependence on each and every day – The iPhone (smartphone).

The iPhone was released by Apple in June 2007 and since then has completely altered the way we communicate. The iPhone is a significant product assisting the stimulation of media convergence among users through it’s applications you can install.

Media convergence is the technological shift between different media platforms from analogue to digital. Technological evolution now allows us to stream videos online, instead of on our television. We can read our favourite stories on a hand-held device instead of lugging around bulky novels and textbooks. Things that used to be accessed through an analogue process (eg. purchasing a newspaper) are now being done digitally.

Convergence can be classified as various forms of media combined into one platform. E.g. the iPhone contains the internet which allows you to use different applications to access things such as radio, gaming, ebooks, GPS etc as well as standard mobile functions i.e texting, calling and plenty more.

Information through different media platforms are consistently changing to adjust to the demands of technology. This alters the way we create, consume, learn and interact with each other more than ever.

Considering this, I felt that the iPhone would be ¬†a great device to study as it not only caters for the technological convergence but it is one of the most popular products worldwide. I am unsure if what my particular focus will be on – perhaps the convenience of social networking the iPhone provides (as that is what I use it for most) which I think is it’s most appealing feature.