What role do you envisage for UGS (user genrated stories) in a media eco sphere predominantly fuelled by social media?
Social media is a way of sharing content with others, if it is a picture of your breakfast, words about loved ones or…. a film caputered of a bank robbing. Especially Twitter and YouTube makes it easy to share with the rest of the world. Just use the hashtag ”Obama” and lots of people will probably see it.
If you are so lucky to get an exclusive film of a crime scene, newspapers are willing to pay a lot of money to get it. But what if you don’t want to sell that movie, just have it on your own YouTube account? Then you will be a news source for a lot of poeple, maybe more visited than any newspaper writing about the same robbery.
Kate Bulkley wrote this in an article on theguardian.com in 2012 on theguardian.com: ”It’s hard to judge the value of amateur eyewitness film shot on a mobile phone and posted on the Internet.”
It might be hard for citizens to know the ethics that should be while posting a video online. That is maybe why it is still important for media outlets to work even harder to get what the readers now wants and expects to find. The sources to news might be less important than ever, but content and availbility still is.
In the same article by Bulkley, Molly Dineen explains to Bulkley that citizen journalism should add to what traditional documentary makers are doing, not take away.”