Thursday, October 06, 2005

We don't own the news any more...

Media execs ponder the role of citizen journalism The avalanche of
high-quality video, photos and e-mailed news material from citizens
following the July 7 bombings in London marked a turning point for the
British Broadcasting Corporation, the head of its global news division
said Wednesday. Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC World Service
and Global News Division, told a conference the broadcaster's
prominent use of video and other material contributed by ordinary
citizens signaled that the BBC was evolving from being a broadcaster
to a facilitator of news. "We don't own the news any more," Sambrook
said. "This is a fundamental realignment of the relationship between
large media companies and the public." Sambrook likened the increasing
use of user-generated news material to a sports game in which the
crowd was not only invading the field but also seeking to participate
in the game, fundamentally changing the sport.

Sambrook was speaking on a panel with other media professionals at a
conference on "citizen journalism" organized by The Media Center, a
media think tank based in Reston, Va., and hosted by The Associated
Press at its headquarters building in New York.

Source: Seth Sutel, The Associated Press via

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