A Way Forward: Solving the Challenges of the News Frontier
Information sharing has never been so easy—but how can online networks play a role in news gathering and what can be done to ensure accuracy?
Robert Mackey is a web producer for the New York Times. He also writes, blogs and shoots video for the Times and has written for GQ and Slate, shot photographs for Wired, produced radio segments for The Al Franken Show and produced television reports for the Associated Press, Britain's Channel 4 and the United Nations.
J. Max Robins
J. Max Robins is the vice president and executive director of The Paley Center for Media's Industry Programs. Robins joined the Paley Center from Broadcasting & Cable magazine, where he was editor-in-chief. Before B&C, he was an editor and columnist at TV Guide and Variety.
Rachel Sterne is CEO of GroundReport.com, a global citizen news platform that empowers anyone to publish and earn money from original, intelligent reporting. She founded the platform in 2006 with the mission to democratize the media and help the world share its stories.
Prior to founding GroundReport, Rachel worked in Business Development at peer-to-peer platform LimeWire and as a Political Reporter on the Security Council for the US Mission to the United Nations. Her experience observing political inertia at the UN during the Darfur crisis inspired her to launch GroundReport, a tool that empowers people to share on-the-ground reports and opinion, and discover what's really going on in the world.
Rachel has discussed GroundReport and citizen journalism for BusinessWeek, CNNMoney, NBC Universal, FOX News, The Aspen Institute, and dozens of other organizations. Rachel has acted as a consultant on digital media for startups, corporations and government agencies, applying GroundReport's expertise in social media, user-generated content and trust systems. She is a co-founder of the Citizen Journalism Think Tank.
Rachel Sterne, founder and CEO of GroundReport.com, and Robert Mackey, blogger for The Lede Blog, discuss how they determine the credibility of news reports contributed online by unknown or anonymous users.
"Most user generate content is terrible," says Sterne, "and you really need to hunt to find the best stuff."
Collection, preparation, and distribution of news and related commentary and feature materials through media such as pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio, film, television, and books. The term was originally applied to the reportage of current events in printed form, specifically newspapers, but in the late 20th century it came to include electronic media as well. It is sometimes used to refer to writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation. Colleges and universities confer degrees in journalism and sponsor research in related fields such as media studies and journalism ethics.