Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Citizen Journalism and the MN Bridge

Good summary from on the citizen journalism that was going on around the collapse of the Minneapolis bridge.

  • Twitter was a very quick way for people to keep track of loved ones immediately after the collapse.
  • Citizen journalists were surprisingly competent, both with quality and volume of reports and with the quality of photos and video. That's not to say that there wasn't bad stuff. There was.
  • Photos are the best example of what the public can do. Check out Flickr (more on that in another post. A photo editor had some interesting perspective on those photos).
  • "The eyewitness blog posts, the on-the-scene photography, and even the handheld and cell phone videos complete with their jerky motion and blurry, overcompressed images, all contribute far better than the mainstream media, to giving you a more accurate sense of being there."


Andria said...

Interesting. Do tell more what the photo editor thought of the Flickr photos.
It's newsy in Charlotte, I hear. Take care, and eliminate some stress by visiting the far ends of the Carolinas

Andria said...

I meant to say:
eliminate some stress by visiting the far ends of the Carolinas at the following link:

Andria said...

Well shoot.
I've never been good at posting links in comments.
One more try:

Leslie Wilkinson said...

Andria - you're sposed to be on vacation! Not reading and posting on the work blogs or vizeds for that matter! :-)

Andria said...

Truly. Horribly sick that I'm playing with Flickr and Photoshop and Facebook.

The kid has heat rash, so we stare at screens mid-day inside.

Had to walk a few miles on the beach earlier today to get some erosion pictures. Poor me.