Monday, February 23, 2009

3G technology promises more power to citizen journalists

A few amateur reporters using Twitter, Flickr and GroundReport became stars during the Mumbai terrorist attacks of Thanksgiving 2008 with riveting, even insightful, coverage.

Vinukumar Ranganathan, a software engineer, was one such star. In an interview with Kavitha Iyer of Mumbai's Indian Express
today, Mr. Ranganathan offers a prediction for the future of newsgathering.
News, perhaps collected by unskilled folk, will be a huge source of raw material for mainstream media agencies to tap into. Once 3G comes in, it will actually be affordable to send live photographs and even videos from cellphones to people across the world.
See the Wikipedia entry for 3G here
Also read, "
Some thoughts on citizen journalism and Mumbai"

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