Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Are traditional news outlets becoming redundant?

There is a fire in the Breams Building, Chancery Lane in London, I have a picture, which is more than is available on the BBC apart from a long distance shot. I got these on Twitter and the news came through an hour ago, on the BBC it was only 18 minutes ago - it is a question of how we are, in the future going to receive news! More importantly, what are the implications for every organisation attempting to manage news and issues and information.


Matt Hurst said...

Thing is do you not think the reason the BBC don't have a photo is due to the danger of such an incident.

If we are going down the avenue of "Yournews" then we could be risking life to gain excellent shots.

You get it in Cornwall alot, idiots basically going way to close to the edge, and going over just to capture something AMAZING.

Just a point.

Darren G Lilleker said...

Agree, not sure if it something that is preventable as people tend to gawp at these things anyway, it is interesting though that news is now spread quicker and faster by citizens than by news channels - a similar comment is made about tweets on PMQs see this on the Blue Blog

POLPUB said...

The consequence of every one doing the news reporting will obviously fragment information sources. This in turn will make it difficult to establish whether the information is accurate - while it will give a rapid growth to citizenship journalism like BePolitics.

Traditional news outlets won't necessarily become redundant but they will adapt. Just like now, most mainstream news outlets have websites, blogs, twitters and the whole web 2.0.

I think the biggest issue is the "control" of information. In the past it was a case of a press release going to the editor who would publish a story based on those facts. It will mean corporations are going to have a hard protecting their reputation and in some cases controlling the media.

In which case, the idea of newsoutlets becoming redundant is not a question of if, but more when? and how does one win a story?

Gilly Lock said...

I remember something similar happening when the plane ditched in the Hudson in New York. First pic of it was posted on Twitter I think.

Tory Bear said...

Problem comes though with things rumours like the "death" of Natasha Richardson going round blogs and twitter like wildfire, turned out to be horribly wrong.

News outlets have esteemed reputations and wont publish something until all the facts are checked.

You raise some interesting points though.