NowPublic Takes Top Spot on User-Generated News Article
In an article about citizen journalism on Wednesday, the Canadian Press gave NowPublic top dibs.
"I am no longer going to look at the news because it's something historical and something I want to see," said Leonard Brody, CEO and co-founder of Vancouver based NowPublic, which calls itself a "next-generation wire service."
"It's something I want to see and influence as it's happening."
In NowPublic.com's list of the Top 10 moments in user-generated news for 2008, the Mumbai attacks take the No. 1 spot. The website also cited the role of SMS texting, blogging and the online photo management site Flickr in other news moments on the list.
Mainstream media organizations such as CNN and the BBC are among those using news material from citizens. "Previously averse to using unfiltered information, mainstream news outlets took to using Twitter in their news coverage," NowPublic said in announcing its list.
NowPublic has 150,000 contributors from around the world posting news, photos and video, said Brody.
Carleton University journalism professor Mary McGuire confirmed people who were monitoring Twitter during the Mumbai attacks got more first-hand accounts than what was coming from mainstream media.
It's a "bit of a ridiculous argument" to say information can't be trusted until professional journalists get to the scene, because they can't be everywhere, said McGuire.
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