Posts Tagged ‘citizen journalism’

What are the Ramifications of West Michigan Newspaper Cutbacks and the new Mlive Media Group?

November 2, 2011 5 comments

[Updated] Earlier this morning, Dan Gaydou (President of the newly-minted Mlive Media Group) announced that the Booth papers: Grand Rapids Press, Kalamazoo Gazette, Flint Journal, Jackson Citizen-Patriot and Muskegon Chronicle will be cutting distribution down to three days a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  The announcements characterize the new venture as a “digital-first company.”  Another big announcement was that MLive Media Group will merge with Advance Central Services Michigan.

What does it mean for the citizens of Michigan?  I’m afraid it will be less detail and less of a local focus in their news coverage.

Even in the announcement of the move was somewhat disconcerting (and even incestuous): Read more…

A Case Study in the Declining Editorial Filter of the Mainstream Media

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

People fond of a more traditional, fundamentalist definition of journalism are frequently critical of the idea of citizen journalism.  The criticism usually centers on the lack of editorial oversight in the content that is produced.  The “news,” they argue, is better and we should all bemoan the rise of citizen journalism and citizen reporting because there’s “no oversight” and that means more misinformation and a more poorly-informed public.

I’m an advocate for citizen journalism.  I think it can be every bit as good as traditional journalism if the right conditions are present.  I would also argue that the public can retroactively apply an editorial filter of its own to proof and vet content.  It’s just a matter of flipping the timing of the model. Read more…

Practice Safe Blogging – Legal Protection Against Zombie SLAPP Suits

May 24, 2011 3 comments

Fighting off Zombie SLAPP Lawsuits

I come from a family of insurance agents (among other things).  Don’t hold that against me.

Given that the government has routinely failed to protect the free speech of citizen journalists and bloggers, we’re on our own.

I’ve watched family and friends struggle through the gnawing, never-ending, zombie-like horror of being sued and in our modern world and it’s seriously anxiety-inducing even if you know you’re in the right.

Anyone that is the subject of any sort of negative post online (from blogs to Facebook pages to online review sites) can file a lawsuit against whomever published that information (not that they’ll win, but they can tie you up in court and put you in a bind financially fighting them off). Read more…