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Irish citizens only semi-media literate

A report claims that Irish citizens have only a “vague understanding of interactive media”, varying by age and access to technology. A research report commissioned by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and carried out by the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER) has made a series of recommendations regarding the development of public policy for media literacy in Ireland.

So how can our print media be said to be collapsing at the feet of the phenomenon that is online journalism? Levels of experience and awareness (in Ireland) with new interactive media were said to be “only an informal awareness”.

The report makes a series of recommendations, including the establishment of an Irish media literacy expert group to advise on definitions, strategies and new developments in relation to media literacy to keep up with this media crazed 21st century. Read the rest of this entry »


A Simple Resolution for traditional ways

Yes perhaps the collapse of the traditional newspaper was ominent, even foreseeable however, the closure of institutions such as the Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Post – Intelligencer still came as a shock. Equally alarming is the modern assumption that “serious journalism” looks set to disappear hand-in-hand with these metro newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Search Continues Online

Speculation surrounding the disappearance of missing child, Madeleine McCann has again been brought to attention just days following the 2year anniversary of the missing toddler.

With Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the couple, Kate and Gerry Mc Cann, being screened this week I decided to take a look at the online attempts to help. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Tweets

Breaking news has never been so easy to access thanks to the ‘ Twitter’ service of Breaking Tweets.

This public service, ie. the breaking news site finds twitter updates relating to news items, “searching for the twitterers located closest to the event geographically, and treats them as quotes to build up a story of what is happening”. The primary result being a more personalised news experience.

It seems however that breaking news is not their number one focus. The site aims to build a close-knit social community with increased conversations about the world’s news events. These tweets will be supplemented with additional information and prioritised in acordance with eyewitness accounts and images submitted via TwitPic to add valuable weight to the story.

This is undoubtably a major progression in online news, which sees us one step closer to developing a “truly global news picture”.

The idea came into force folllowing the widespread use of Twitter during the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20th. Since then the site has prospered and is set to become a “go-to-news service” on a global basis.

One thing’s for sure “The social networking phenomenon is here to stay”.

The full article can be found here.

Media at the fore of modern education

An overhaul of the English primary school curriculum is currently being explored by online news sites such as this story from the guardian. Tearing away from the instilled and core values of education the new system is to focus on media technology. Under the new curriculum “children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war” but instead will become knowledgeable on areas surrounding modern technology in an era of digitalisation.

Children will be taught how to use twitter and wikipedia as sources of information while blogging and pod casts will become the norm for these pupils. Basically these children will be well prepared for the rising profession that is citizen journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

The Revolution of Twitter

A Moldovan journalist faces up to 8 years imprisonment following accusations of her involvement organising mass disturbances in the capital city Chisanau.  Natalie Morar has been charged with “calls for organising and staging mass disturbances” and has been placed under house arrest while being barred from using the internet or phones.

Twitter, facebook , the blogosphere, SMS and text messages were instrumental in this “peaceful demonstration”, which escalated to over 10,00 supporters.

The protests dubbed the “Twitter Revolution” by international commentators because of online involvement flared up after claims emerged that the elections which resulted in the return of the Communist Party to power were rigged.

So are these social network sites and modern technology to blame?

The full story can be found here.

Hidden Conflict in Gaza



Is Gaza receiving the help it requires in its hour of need and is journalism to blame?

In a live online interview hosted by today Al Jazeera addressed this issue concluding that countries outside Gaza are unaware of the urgency of the situation and therefore are failing to seek help due to irresponsible journalism. The Western media as a whole has failed horrifically in covering Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an accurate content. He said “If people in the west understood what was happening in Gaza, in the West Bank, accurately, they would demand more from their governments”. Read the rest of this entry »