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News 2.0

September 16, 2009

Ira Basen, CBC journalist, has a podcast series on News 2.0, examining how journalism and the news media are changing because of Web 2.0 technologies and the recessionary decline in the media industry. As Basen writes on the CBC website:

In the News 2.0 world, all that has changed. Journalists have lost their monopoly. Because everyone now has the ability to send stories, pictures, and videos around the world with the click of a mouse, the lines separating reporters, editors and audiences have become very blurry. Journalism has gone from being a quasi-profession – it has no enforceable codes like doctors or lawyers – to an activity where anyone can participate.

–Ira Basen, News 2.0: The Future of News in an Age of Social Media, CBC Online, July 17, 2009.

Basen has more to say about this in the Fall 2009 Maisonneuve Magazine, Citizen Uprising, where he discusses the ‘crisis of journalism’ and debates over the efficacy and veracity of citizen journalism.

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