MobLogic Host Arrested at Sean Bell Protest
Apparently, the MobLogic folks (being based in CBS' NYC HQ and all) have been quite involved in covering the Sean Bell story.
Well, that "coverage" got MobLogic host Lindsay Campbell arrested and has raised a whole set of questions about what role new media journalists should play in reporting. Read more about this fascinating story below:
As a part of her coverage, Lindsay took part of a planned protest where a number of protesters were arrested to bring attention to the fading memory of the court’s verdict. Instead of standing aside during the arrests and protest, she chose to be arrested along with the protesters, and in the process, got probably the most in-depth profile of what was going on.
Since the very humble beginnings of indie and New Media journalists, opinion is unabashedly infused with news delivery.
So then is it the very next logical step for journalists to drop the final pretense in their position and top being independent of the story and finally become the story? That’s a hard call to make.
On the other hand, a lot of folks have been making the point that the future of news delivery isn’t just in social media, it’s in social networking. This weekend, most of the blogosphere noted how quickly the news of the Chinese earthquake broke on Twitter, and according to SEO Journal, beat the geological survey by several minutes. In this case, the news was obviously reported first by those involved in the story, and this trend in first-person reporting is likely not to be a phenomenon that decreases over time.