LJ Digital: Okay, I may be late to the show on this one but in case you haven’t heard or use Flipboard, I think it’s time you start! Watch the commercial and find that this iPad and iPhone app (Android app coming soon) allows you to create your own magazine built by your favorite articles. Anything from news to politics to travel is available for you to swipe, share, “like,” and most importantly, read. There is even a bookmark tab available to add to your bookmarks bar for you to easily add new articles to your Flipboard! Start building your own magazine today!
LJ Digital: Please stop by UC Irvine this Thursday, April 18th for the literary journalism and history department’s Digital Storytelling: A Symposium! We will be honored with guests from the Atavist, Byliner, Longform.org, and more! The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 11-6:30pm. There will be a variety of talented journalists and writers so please try and make it!
For Students: a New Multimedia Storytelling Competition
From the multimedia magazine the Atavist. Beginning January 1, 2013, students are invited to participate in the above competition by submitting a long-form, nonfiction story that isn’t just writing — the judges want to see photography, video, narration and illustrations. Whatever’s appropriate and fits into the Atavist’s editorial platform.
There are openings for high school, college and grad students. Enter here, and good luck.
OH. MY. GOD.
LJ Digital: ^^ what I said on my other blog. This is an EXCELLENT opportunity for journalism students interested in the future of media in the digital age. Get your multimedia stories out there, guys!!
In electronic media, lying has become less serious. We seem to have a more cavalier attitude to the truth than we did a long time ago. There’s no longer a clear distinction between reality and fantasy because with social media, the distinction between news and entertainment has been so eroded, that this clear and important difference has been lost.
David Livingstone Smith, associate professor of philosophy at the University of New England in Biddeford, Me, to the New York Times. Disruptions: Twitter’s Uneasy Role in Guarding the Truth.
Last week saw a lot of handwringing over misinformation spread through social networks about the effects and responses to Sandy as the storm hit the east coast. In particular, to the @comfortablysmug Twitter feed where Shashank Tripathi posted purposefully fabricated stories that first responders needed to respond to set the record straight.
Rumor, fabrication and outright falsehood has been around since anything’s been around though. If it’s not that humans like to lie, a good portion of us do… or least tell a good yarn.
Important though is that while our social media provides an easy outlet for misinformation to go viral, it’s also a platform for crowdsourcing corrections more quickly than ever before. Or, at least, that’s the optimists view.
Pessimists can point to censorship and propaganda regimes that flood social media, message boards and other online gathering places with a consistent barrage of misinformation of their own.
(via The Electronic Corpse)
So far this story is “written” in words, photos, gifs, voicemails, texts, and google maps. It’s really cool and you shouldn’t miss it.
The only cure for the depression over having missed the beginning of all of this is the delight of now having it in my life. And that the culminating event will be hosted by two of my favorite things: Rachel and Chicago Public Library.
It’s true that the peer review process is the standard in academia, as it should be. But blogging gives us a chance to write in a more personalized voice, and is often a mere Google search or Facebook share away from the reader, rather than being locked behind a journal’s paywall, or tucked away in a dissertation in some faraway library. It can increase the visibility of our own research and of our chosen fields.
So wrote Anthropologist Patrick Clarkin earlier this week. He claims that, instead of distracting us, social media can strengthen academic community and research.
He starts by reminding us of the high costs that go into obtaining academic journals, contacting researchers, and coordinating with others in his field. He then notes how he’s gotten around that by going online:
I’ve used social media such as Twitter to promote some things I’ve written on my blog, which others have kindly shared with their followers and even turned into assigned readings for their students. Some of those writings have gotten me some praise from my department chair, brought me invitations to conferences, helped me find a co-author, and have helped me to share some ideas with a wider audience.
Clarkin also writes about dealing with low readership after graduation because of one’s age and lack of experience. Blogging helps young, under appreciated researchers publish anyway.
Another academic has written something similar — Liana Silva, a minority scholar, says that blogging is vital to her research as public interest and funding move away from her field.
From her post in the Guardian:
For minority scholars, such as myself, blogging is not just a bullet point on a CV; it is an intrinsic part of what my research is about: a commitment to making the struggles, achievements and contradictions of African Americans, Puerto Ricans or women visible to the broader population. I cannot afford silence. Blogging allows me a platform to talk about issues that may go unnoticed, or issues where the point of view of a person of colour or of a woman have been left in the cold.
FJP: Fighting the good fight. We like that.
The Hope of Participatory Journalism
Some time ago, we interviewed Farai Chideya, multimedia journalist, entrepreneur, and a lady full of heart, art, and passion. In this video, she discusses participatory journalism and the evolving world in which journalists, news organizations, and audiences can collaborate to create meaningful stories.
For more thoughts about citizen journalism, check out the FJP archives.
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