Sociale-mediaexperimenten

Heb jij het ooit al meegemaakt dat je iemand herkende van hem of haar gezien te hebben op een foto van een van jouw Facebookvrienden? Je kan daar een stapje in verdergaan en er zelf naar op zoek gaan. Op die manier moet een journalist soms ook te werk gaan om iets te weten te komen over iemand. Benieuwd wat ik precies bedoel? Lees verder!

De Amerikaanse komiek Jack Vale deed een sociale-mediaexperiment. Hij zocht een foto op Instagram van een willekeurig persoon dat zich vlak bij hem bevindt. Eenmaal hij een slachtoffer gevonden heeft, verzamelt hij allerlei informatie en stapt hij daarmee op die persoon af. Benieuwd hoe iemand reageert als een volslagen vreemdeling meer over je blijkt te weten dan één van je vriendinnen? Dat filmpje kan je hier bekijken.

In 2011 deed Bart Cannaerts al een gelijkaardig experiment in de Antwerpse Stadsfeestzaal. Hij sprak vreemden aan en deed alsof hij hen kende. Het resultaat zie je hier.

Het meest merkwaardige filmpje is al meer dan tien miljoen keer bekeken, dus misschien heb je het al gezien. Zo niet, dan wil ik het je niet onthouden. Het speelt zich af in een tent in Brussel. Daarin zit een ‘waarzegger’ die alles weet van eender wie binnenkomt, tot het rekeningnummer aan toe…

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Online journalism awards for The Guardian

I’m glad to tell you that The Guardian has won two online journalism awards last Saturday at an annual awards dinner. The newspaper was awarded with the Gannett Foundation Award for Investigative Journalism and with the Watchdog Journalism Award. These are the two top US news industry awards, so I’m very pleased they went to a daily that I like to read myself sometimes. Janine Gibson, The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, was very proud to receive the awards from the leading organisation in the US for digital news organisations and she said to be very thankful for their support.

The ceremony, held by the Online News Association and the Gannett Foundation, took place in Atlanta last Saturday night. The Guardian received the prices for its work on the NSA dragnet surveillance which they started covering in June. Their journalists revealed that the National Security Agency had been collecting the telephone metadata of millions of American people. Thanks to the collaboration with whistle-blower Edward Snowden the paper could report on the NSA’s activities. And I’m so glad they did! Their articles lead to legislative moves in the US Congress to rein in the agency. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill are the hero journalists to be held accountable for that.

The best-known papers who brought home an award were the Boston Globe, the Texas Tribune and of course the New York Times. The Boston Globe reported for example about the Boston marathon drama and won the Knight Award for Public Service. The Texas Tribune and the New York Times both won a General Excellence Award. They all could take home a minimum prize of $3,000. A great earn for their indispensable work in my opinion!

Here is a list of all winners and their covered topics:

Knight Award for Public Service

68 Blocks, The Boston Globe

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small

AxisPhilly

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium

The Texas Tribune

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large

The New York Times

Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism

D3.js, The New York Times

Breaking News, Small

Triumph, Then Tragedy: The Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston University News Service

Breaking News, Medium

Superstorm Sandy, WNYC

Breaking News, Large

Boston Marathon Bombing, Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com

Planned News/Events, Small

Iran Election Watch

Planned News/Events, Medium

2012 Election Coverage, ProPublica

Planned News/Events, Large

The Re-Election of Barack Obama, NPR

Explanatory Reporting, Small (tie)

Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?, Honolulu Civil Beat
Coal in the Northwest, EarthFix

Explanatory Reporting, Medium

America Under the Gun: A Special Report on Gun Laws and the Rise of Mass Shootings, Mother Jones

Explanatory Reporting, Large

Beyond 7 Billion, Los Angeles Times

Topical Reporting, Small

Nieman Journalism Lab

Topical Reporting, Medium

Returning Home to Battle, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Topical Reporting, Large

Life in the Hermit Kingdom: Bringing North Korea to the World, Associated Press

Online Commentary, Small

The Fight to Vote, BillMoyers.com

Online Commentary, Medium

Stuff Nation, Fairfax Media New Zealand

Online Commentary, Large

Ezra Klein, The Washington Post

Feature, Small

#Banlieuelanuit, Radio-Canada

Feature, Medium

Black Gold Boom, Todd Melby, AIR, Prairie Public, Zeega

Feature, Large

Snow Fall, The New York Times

Student Projects, Small

The Pulse of Oakland, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Student Projects, Large

Triumph, Then Tragedy: The Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston University News Service

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small

In The Name Of The Law, Honolulu Civil Beat

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Medium

Big Money 2012, FRONTLINE, American Public Media’s Marketplace, ProPublica

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Large

The NSA Files, The Guardian

Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism

The NSA Files, The Guardian

Would you like an expert?

(Almost) all of us are on some social media. I, for instance, use it very much to find people I need for school, or to keep in touch with classmates for a project or two.

Facebook is all right for searching people, but not ideal to find an expert. You have to befriend them, otherwise your message will get lost in the “other”-category of your mailbox.

Twitter is very good to contact people, but sometimes you can’t be sure they see you message in time. Sometimes it’s not even the correct account. Very annoying.

If you want to look for an expert, here are some good ideas:

  • First, the most obvious of them all. Wikipedia. I know, but a lot of those people know very much about the things they write about. Here you find a lot of names, and you can contact them via Facebook, Twitter or, if they’re real experts, there will be an email-adress when you “google” them.
  • Slideshare is a site on which people share powerpoint-presentations. You don’t do that if you don’t know about the project you talk about.
  • Scribd is also a nice site. It’s a digital library. You can search for author’s, for subjects, for books etc.
  • Everybody knows Pinterest. Even I do, and I had never visited the site. Now, I have and account (there’s nothing on it, don’t bother looking for it) just so I could see what the fuss is about. But it’s true, you can find lots of people on that site. If you don’t get stuck on cute dog-pictures, you search for architecture for instance. Then you find a lot of people who know a lot of architecture.
  • Ask.fm is also very useful! You ask a question, and real people anwser it. The one downside is that it encourages bullying and it has some inappropriate sexual content on it. I have heard that the makers are working on that.

Publeaks

‘Leaks’ zijn handige hulpmiddelen voor onderzoeksjournalisten. Zo heb je bijvoorbeeld WiKiLeaks, maar nu is er ook een Nederlandse versie die je makkelijk in contact brengt met de pers. Publeaks zorgt ervoor dat afzender, locatie en andere gegevens van het versturen van documentatie niet te herleiden is. Via de site kan je informatie lekken waarvan jij  weet hebt. Ook is dat je ultieme kans om iets te laten uitzoeken wat volgens jou niet koosjer verloopt. De pers die jij selecteert kan dan jouw nieuw via hun medium anoniem en gratis naar buiten brengen.