A CBC journalist says that, in his experience, news organizations have tended to focus on people in authority, recalling a raving protester whom his editors saw no point in talking to.
“Sure that guy’s crazy, but I can’t even talk to him,” he recalls.
This journalist says, for all its flaws, the internet equalizes that.
Matthew Ingram follows by discussing the value of using citizens as stringers, and teaching them journlistic tools.
This could be applied around the world.
“We can learn from them,” says the CBC guy.
One journalist who was sent to Afghanistan to teach Pashtuns to use vid cameras talks about how dfficult and expensive the process is.
“Why can’t we tell that story?” says a woman.
“Because no-one advertises in Afghanistan.”
The woman, who practices local news, says that crowd-sourcing local people for her job at CityTV is like pulling teeth for her.