If you were a citizen with a first-person experience (text, photos, video) to share about Hurricane Katrina, where would you publish your story? What criteria would you use to make that choice? How would you even begin to understand the choices? It’s overwhelming.
• National and international mainstream media web sites — CNN, MSNBC, Washinton Post, New York Times, BBC, AOL, and others — are accepting “citizen journalism” submissions.
• Local mainstream media web sites, such as Times-Picayune and WDSU-TV, also are accepting “citizen journalism” or “viewer” submissions.
• Collaborative citizen media sites and content-sharing tools — from OurMedia and Flickr to WikiNews (and Wikipedia and NowPublic — also would appreciate submissions related to Katrina. But they do not solicit participation because it’s implicit in the experience.
• The DIY solution: A citizen journalist can always set their own blog (text, audio, video, mobile), podcast, forum, wiki, etc. and publish it themself. Of course, there are a wealth of DIY citizen media tools. That choice alone is a bit overwhelming. (See some examples of Katrina weblog coverage Technorati and on The Truth Laid Bear.)
So how does a citizen journalist decide which publishing/distribution option is the best for them?
It wasn’t local, but I asked someone if I could republish this account of bringing supplies to the ritz carlton late last week. They have some stills from a home video. I haven’t seen the video yet.
I think it’s what people feel comfortable with. For example, I recently stumbled upon how big ‘myspace’ is in certain segments of the local scene. I thought MFP was difficult to navigate, so them liking myspace gave me hope. I’m still after that spark that makes it so addictive to them, though. Is it because ‘everyone else is there’ in the community.
Maybe MSN is quietly slipping in the backdoor and none of us realizes it.
Still, I’d like to see something like that with a little journalism thrown in.
Or maybe just using the word journalism throws people off?
Anyway, just thinking out loud. ;)