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According to a study done by RJMetrics Inc. published on Computerworld,  till December 2009, there are 75million Twitter users but only 17% of them tweeted in the month; there are large percentage of inactive accounts with about 25% of those without followers and about 40 per cent of the users have never sent any tweet.

Do you know what these statistics have shown? Most people are using Twitter as a consumption media like me- following latest updates of different news and this is incredibly handy for me as a person and a journalism student.

Twitter as said before, allows only 140 characters short postings which is really helpful in these days when we are inundated by too many information- short news postings in a format of hard news lead paragraph enable us to be notified of what is happening around without having to read articles.

In addition, Twitter is good for doing research as there are Tweet searching tool like Twitterfall.

But twitter is even more than that, it is special for its fast responsiveness which makes it a great communication tool and you would know what I mean if you still remember what happened in April 2008 when American journalist James Karl Buck tweeted “ARRESTED” when arrested by Egyptian police.

It is likely that you will get the most first hand information on Twitter and they would be useful news material just like what happened back in 2007 when there was an earthquake in Mexico, twitter users tweeted about it faster than anyone.

Keep an eye on your twitter account!

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August 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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New tools for reporting

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The 21st century is spring for the media when more and more new media tools keeps coming out: blogs, Youtube, Facebook, Delicious, Twitter……

On one hand, they are giving journalists a headache as they strive to keep updated to these tools; on the other hand, the numerous tools are all specialised for different purpose and are helping journalists a lot.

Thanks to them, people are always kept posted on news.

In terms of journalism, blogs, Twitter and Facebook are probably the most special tools that worth highlighting, when blogs advocate citizen journalism; twiiter helping both journalists and audiences keep updated to the latest information; Facebook make it easier for journalists to get in touch with people (interviewee).

Blogs have encourages people to be citizen journalists and write online which has also made it a good platform for journalists to do their research- they simply have to go to Technorati and they can see the “hottest blogosphere items” or they can search for posts on a particular topic with keywords.

As for Twitter, it only allows maximum 140 characters for each posting which will be shown to followers on their cell phones or web browsers. While a lot of people use it for gossiping and stalking celebrities (John Mayer has quit Twitter for the reason) which I am not a big fan of, such short postings are however perfect for keeping people updated with concise news headlines which people can just scan through.

This is an age of information explosion when journalists have to struggle to keep updated or they risk losing their values.

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August 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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OhmyNews.com

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“OhmyNews” is an internet-based news organisation in South Korea, aiming to promote free speech, identity and privacy.

Started in 2000 as “a pioneer of internet news business model” as noted by New York Times, it has now become one of the most successful citizen journalism web sites in the world, with about 80, 000 citizen journalists submitting about 200 stories a day.

To guarantee the credibility of the news stories, every citizen reporter has to be background-checked before they can sign up and the stories they submit would be fact-checked.

The editors would select the stories (one-third of the stories would be rejected) and arrange them on page, later the contributors would be paid according to the page positions of their stories- around AUD20 for top story, AUD10 for sub-top and AUD2 for basic story.

Nonetheless, I personally think most people are not submitting their articles for money but more the approval they can get from the readers- readers can “like” or “dislike” the stories.

“OhmyNews” does not only publish hard news but also accepts articles which include authors’ opinion as long as they are good and fact based, which I see as a practice that does encourage freedom of speech.

Its english page “OhmyNews International” used to be like its official Korean site, a site where journalists can submit their stories to but recently there has been a change in its policy– it now concentrates more on commentary on citizen journalism and its role in democracy.

Currently it only sources news form other established citizen journalism organisations and only publish original stories occasionally.

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August 13, 2010 at 5:42 am

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News agencies no longer “own” the news

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I say user generated content is a breakthrough for journalism, for no matter how hard professional journalists try, this world is just too big with too many stories for them to cover.

Such idea as user generated content is a product of the web 2.0 which allows people to share thoughts and information.

The 21st century we are living in is an era where everyone in the city holds a cell phone which is compatible with taking photos and video footages- you would agree even stronger if you watch “Gossip Girl”.

When there are accidents or whatever, it is likely that someone would take snaps of  the scenes.

Hopefully this is not happening...citizen journalism is overall a good thing nonetheless

They would write their own articles and post them on their blogs or send these files to news agencies through e-mails, which is really helpful since it is too often that things are happening around in the absence of professional journalists.

While in the old times we used to be seeing what had been seen and reported by professional journalists, time has changed and so has the situation- ordinary citizens are contributing to the news stories.

According to Mathew Eltringham, the assistant editor of BBC News’ UGC (User Generated Content) hub, in average they would receive around 10,000 to 12, 000 e-mails everyday which may contain potentially news worthy materials including photos and videos.

These  e-mails can be comments on issues written by audience and may be used by news agencies.

By including more points of view on an issue would help avoid any subjective reporting.

This is how we can get ourselves involved in news reporting and balance out the power of media companies.

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August 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

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