BREAKING NEWS by UGC

Definition User-Generated Content: information submitted by members of the public or posted on social media

BREAKING NEWS – reported from John Smith, Manly

BREAKING NEWS – reported by Stacey Shaw, Armadale

BREAKING NEWS – reported from Benjamin Rodgers, Bondi

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The media landscape is changing. Traditional media may no longer be first on scene and or first to discover the news. Now citizens are at the scene generating images and or updates on news, especially disasters, creating content as it happens. During the London bombing in 2005, it was citizens who helped locate the bombs.

Why is user-generated content becoming one of the most authentic news sources? Because it is in real-time, its one-to-many and then turns into a many-to-many allowing it to spread, be re-shared and used by any one of the public.

This creates blurred lines between the journalist and publics and so it is so important now that journalists engage in digital and operate by ‘digital first’. For those in communication, there isn’t a pinnacle skill level as we have come to learn this semester, that constantly history of the internet and digital are changing and it is up to us to keep up to date on advances being made.

So much UGC is out in the digital world, both content happening in the moment as well as content that is archived. Therefore journalists need a forensic approach, to be able to collate and distinguish which UGC content is reliable, authentic, useable and truthful. Applications such as ‘Twitter Stand’ are just one example of a system that ‘can gather and disseminate breaking news faster than conventional news media’.

UGC is growing at fast rate; being able to gather, analyse and utilise the unique content is a journalistic tool that is essential.

*This was week 8

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