#5 Not-For Profit News Source: Joggers

Posted: February 15, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #5 Not for Profit

I’m going to state the obvious here, with the first not-for-profit news source that comes to mind:  Bloggers.  Ther’s been debate about whether or not they are actual news sources, but they have sometimes found/uploaded stories before the big networks.  Sometimes the big networks use their footage or photos. 

When I interned at CBC a few weeks ago, one of the things they got me to do on a slow news day was monitor the RCMP news release page (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nb/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm), but also Newschaser’s youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Newschaser?feature=chclk) (Mostly weather, but sometimes some good news for the Moncton area pops up, and it’s updated frequently), and they were embarrassed about this one, but Charles Leblanc’s blog(http://charlesotherpersonality.blogspot.com/).

I understand the question of legitimacy of Bloggers as reporters, but they can definately be good news sources.  I think Bloggers are often dismissed because so many of them are just teenagers or celebrities talking about their day.  Maybe there needs to be a new term or name for Bloggers that want to report news. (Journalism+ Blogging = Jogging?  Nah.)

There’s the issue about their experience or education when it comes to reporting.  If only they could all attend a web seminar on reporting.  They are unpaid freelancers at best right now.  They set up their sites as news outlets, with no one to manage it or asnwer to but themselves.

I think the vents in Egypt began a shift, where we are beginning to see the legitimacy of Bloggers (or Joggers) as news sources.

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