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Are you YouTube’s next celebrity vlogger?

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Huge video sharing website YouTube is offering users an opportunity to become “internet stars” by entering their video blogging competition.

The YouTube Next Vlogger contest is part of the company’s Next Creator initiative which seeks to help promising artistes develop their skills and build up a following.

The competition is open to candidates from Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and America.

Video blogging is one of the most popular types of activity on YouTube where almost anyone can submit film on topics ranging from accounts of the riots which occurred in the UK last summer, reviews of new movies and music albums to instructional “how to” blogs.

Read the full story on the Mashable.com website: http://mashable.com/2012/03/29/youtube-vlogging-contest/.

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03 2012

Citizen Sports Reporters Can Turn Their Hobby Into a Business

Here’s a cool idea for citizen journalists who cover local sports.

Sports Reporting Technologies says its SportSiteWare gives citizens a way to write about locals sports and make a business out of it.

Check it out at http://www.sports-reporting.net./. Maybe you can turn your love of sports into a great new business venture.

Susan Cormier is the co-author of the “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” (http://www.citizenjournalistnow.com/).

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10 2011

Italian national daily launches citizen journalism section

The Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica launched a special section within their website dedicated to citizen journalism.

The initiative is part of a wider project, started in July 2011, aimed at investigating topics proposed by the newspaper’s audience: mafia issues, corruption in the political elites, the garbage scandal and healthcare disservices are only some of the themes covered by Repubblica so far.

The citizen journalism portal is a significant step toward the recongnition of the importance of this emergent field by the Italian mainstream media industry. A previous attempt was represented by the TV program Citizenreport aired on the state owned channel RAI 3 and was unfortunately discontinued after the first series.

The episodes can still be accessed via RAI tv but the program’s website, with all its highly interesting content, has been switched off.

Citizen journalists’ from Italy, or everyone who wishes to expose wrongdoings, share news and facts about the country, are invited to send their contributions to La Repubblica’s Visual Desk, visualdesk@kataweb.it.

 

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10 2011

Mobile Phones are a Powerful Tool for Citizen Media

Information is a powerful commodity for human rights defenders. Receiving and sharing information is at the heart of human rights work. Modern technology, such as the mobile phone, and the global distribution of the internet, provides new opportunities for citizens to actively participate in journalism. The mobile phone is arguably the most accessible form of information communication technology and a popular tool for receiving and sharing information.

via New Tactics | Using Mobile Phones for Citizen Media.

From “What is citizen journalism?” to “How do you design citizen media?” plus a growing list of resources that you can use and add to are available starting July 27 from The New Tactics in Human Rights site and its
online dialogue.

Working in citizen media can mean that you are isolated from  people doing the same kind of work. Whether you are thinking of getting started as a citizen journalist or if you’ve been working with citizen media, you can make use of the site.

This site will let you connect with a group of “featured resource practitioners” from all over the world. Ask questions, read about what they’ve been doing. You can ask questions, and offer to be featured resource practitioner yourself.

As far as what is citizen journalism, I liked what Amy O’Donnell from FrontlineSMS contributed to the online dialogue,

“I am coming to understand citizen media to begin when individuals feel compelled to share or report information which might not otherwise enter the public domain and use the media as a tool so that communities are enabled to contribute and participate in discussions which affect them.”

There’s lots to this site, and I’m going to check it out and add my views, so see you online.

 

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07 2011

HuffPo Re-launches Citizen Journalism Political Section

The Huffington Post experimented with their citizen reporting section on politics, OffTheBus.org in 2007. Due to its success during the 2008 US presidential campaign, they’re bringing it back.

We call it OffTheBus to make a point about what we — you, really — will be up to. In 1973, Timothy Crouse wrote a path-breaking book about political journalism called The Boys on the Bus. The national press, he explained, had become a story, if not THE story, and the paradoxically insulated world they inhabited on the campaign trail wasn’t always the best place to get the real story.

The criticism wasn’t entirely fair. Then, as now, professional reporters can and do get off the Bus. But, arguably, no one can see America better than the people who never get on the vehicle in the first place — in other words, all of you.

The idea is simply to offer a vehicle for Americans (and anyone else) to take part in the process of covering politics — as an act of citizenship, if they view it that way; for fun, if they view it that way; as a means for joining forces with other like-minded people to shed light on the 2012 campaign in ways other forms of reporting can’t.

Go here to sign up.

HuffPost Launches OffTheBus Citizen Journalism Project Ahead of 2012 Elections  

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07 2011

New Citizen Video Outlet in Korea

Arirang TV is promoting a new show called “My Shot,” where anyone can shoot their own story to air on the internationally aired network. I’m personally a little suspicious of how successful this will be, considering that Arirang’s mission is as a PR tool of the South Korean government. So don’t expect any hard-hitting investigative citizen journalism to make it through the producers.

That said, I’ve stated before that not all citizen journalism has to be anti-establishment hard news. A piece on one’s own neighborhood or camping in the Korean mountains is just as legitimate as any other piece of citizen journalism.

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06 2011

New Citizen Journalist Resource in London

N16 reports that actor Noel Clarke is supporting “London 360,” a citizen journalism initiative aimed to attract young journalists to give them the media skills and the voice that they need. This is the first of many hubs that will be placed around the UK as outlet for citizen journalism. If you are a young Londoner, you can contact London 360′s news editor Jasmine Dotiwala at jasmine@mediatrust.org.

Aged 18 to 25? Interested in becoming a citizen journalist? (N16)

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06 2011