Sunday, April 19, 2009

The new journalism is a "truly multimedia story"

Combining professional and citizen journalism to produce "participatory online investigations" "makes you think about different questions you wouldn't come across otherwise," writes Anne Laure-Marie exploring technology penetration in Africa.
The advantages of seeking information from a community 'in the field' are numerous. For a start, it allows a journalist such as Marie to obtain contributions from many different countries, such as Benin, Cameroon, Senegal, Madagascar and the Congo: it would have been financially and practically impossible for one reporter to visit all of them in a short space of time. Looking at a range of countries allowed her to draw more general conclusions about the problems, and identify the causes more accurately. And as she said, her point of view would have always been that of a foreigner; "The people who live in the place always have another way of seeing the problem."
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