Citizen Journalism at its finest

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What do you do if you want the latest news on the Long March? Visit dawn.com or geo.tv and you’ll get canned news reports that sum up a few hours worth of activity. Too little detail! Turn on a TV channel and you’ll find anchors filling in the gaps between gaps in news reporting, still not good enough.

Bravo the forces of new media then – this long march has created one of the finest demonstrations of citizen journalism I’ve seen.

SeeNReport has emerged as an incredibly active platform of SMS + MMS based reporting showing pictures of the march that no other news agency has been able to capture. PKLongMarch has bloggers from the midst of the horde sending minute-by-minute important news bulletins, but bringing together citizen journalists from all the cities the march passed through.

Combined, they dont just provide high frequency of updates, but make the news more relevant because they make you feel like you’re a part of the rally. In other words, they pretty much beat the socks off of all the biggest news organizations combined.

Citizen Journalism is alive in this country – old media should catch up and learn to tap into this monster, or give up.

What is also interesting is that citizen journalism doesnt really need fancy platforms to make it work either – a blog and seeNReport are both very simple platforms, but the community has chosen and adopted them moreso than, say, allvoices or the platforms being created by Dawn. This really makes you wonder about the viability of CitizenJo-based business models or startup ventures.

Speaking of which, Dawn has been trying to experiment with new media and citizen journalism recently too, but they’ve approached it with about the worst way possible – the Dawn Blog has anything but relevant-to-now stories or opinions…. they’re just using it to publish stories that wouldnt otherwise make it to print. The Dawn Citizen Journalism initiative is a farce on the medium because they’re asking submissions using a long-winded process.

If Dawn REALLY wants to get serious about this stuff they need to acquire SeeNReport today…. thats the type of platform you use for this. You get people energized to a cause, not send ads in papers.

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  • It so seems like that you have vested interest in seenreport because the site sucks and there is nothing much in there in terms of a platform that could scale and you are making it look like the hottest thing around … you need to be objective if you want this blog to have any credibility ..

  • @Ali, I guess the post was highlighting the trend of new media, it was not suppose to be analyzing seenreport.
    The focus of the post is to see how new media is evolving it is also talking about Dawn and other citizen journalism platforms

  • @Ali – I love seeing these comments from people who think they know everything about credibility in news media, pretending this blog has no credibility at all…. I guess thats why tens of thousands of people read it?

    As of right now, SeeNReport has the biggest collection of pictures on the long-march among any news organization.

    I dont know if they’ll continue doing good at CiJo but right now they did great.

    If you dont like it, have the guts to actually say your comments and stand by them and leave your email address – dont hide behind a rock when you throw your envy at the community.

  • This is a nice post about variety of Socks and its a very needed information.
    Thanks for such an important post.
    Thanks

  • hmmm,
    allvoices alexa rank is 4422
    page index count over half a million
    Question is, in hindsight would you have written the same article?

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