Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Silicone Bitch: Occupy Miami and Citizen Journalism

News and notes about the South Florida social media and blogging scene, with a little tech thrown in for good measure. And maybe some other random events, too.

Last night, I was on video duty at the Social Media Club South Florida panel on protests and citizen journalism. From my laptop, I was able to live stream the prior Occupy Miami press conference as well as the panel, which featured recently arrested photojournalist Carlos Miller as well as Janie Campbell of The Huffington Post, Jared Goyette, Online Producer at The Miami Herald and Founder and Producer of Open Media Miami, as well as Muhammed Malik, Co-Producer, Let’s Talk About It Radio (880 AM).

You can see it all below. If you are coming to this late, scroll through the archives. It's the first two broadcasts.

Here's one pet peeve of mine: citizen journalist or not, it's everyone's responsibility to broadcast responsibly. It's one thing if you capture a moment on your phone camera and put it out to the world, but if you are writing something post-event, please always fact check your information if it's something that warrants fact checking -- rule number one of blogging. And as you know, I don't even like the word blog. It's a self-published product, call it a blog, apple, orange or whatever. I think in this day and age, everyone should get an education in basic journalism principles as early on as elementary school, just like we get lessons on avoiding plagiarism and learning academic research. Citizen journalism need not be sloppy or unreliable. If you're gonna do it, do it right.

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