Thursday, March 15, 2007

Job Opportunities In Citizen Journalism

As mentioned earlier, 18 Doughty Street is finally able to launch its new Citizen Journalist site. Hurrah.

Citizen journalism is a very grand name for something that blog participants are already doing- reporting, commenting, analysing, or even just ranting about what's going on in the world around us. Which as we know, covers a fantastickal range of material, viewpoints, and styles. (See here for weighty Wiki article).

Naturally, as Britain's first political internet TV channel, 18 DS is focusing on video journalism. And its new site will comprise a straightforward You Tube capability to upload, search, and view videos from its (hopefully) army of citizen journalists.

The good news is that they are inviting job applications right now. The pay is perhaps not quite up to Paxman levels (well, more specifically, it's zero), but on the plus side, those nice people at No 18 have a number of very neat digicams they will be loaning to contributors.

Think what you could do with one.

For example, as the Doc said just the other day, wouldn't it be great if there were some medic video makers. There's so much going on in health right now, so much to be said, and so much to be made accessible to the rest of us. And it would be much much better for people who actually know what they're talking about to show us, rather than those professional press release journos.

And it would be great to hear direct from other public sector workers- teachers, police, Jobcentre staff- even if you have to report under an assumed name and/or appear in pixelated form (easy to do with digital video).

Specialist and local reports would always be interesting, because they rarely make the national msm.

Or maybe you'd just like to comment on national politics. A short polemical piece straight to camera perhaps.

Or how about a rant about the latest excesses our leaders (eg try this one- Parental Advisory- maybe not quite the style for No 18).

To summarise in an entirely original and novel way, citizen journalists really are only limited by their imaginations.

I urge you all to give it a go. And to help things along, tonight at 9pm the Bloke will be giving you a few tips on how to do it.

Of course, if we get really successful, we may put all those paid journos out of a job. Then we'd have to wrestle with ethical dilemmas like this.

PS The excellent pic was lifted from Steve Garfield, longtime- 3 years- US video blogger. He also posts some homemade instructional vids, which might give you some ideas.

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