Jamie Timson

What Is Citizen Journalism?
  • Description

    In the age of social media, everyone has access to the basic instruments in order to become a journalist, without any skills or background. Recent events and the development of terrorism are relevant examples for the way news travel and how any person could be the one who is going to break the next major news. Therefore, this video informs us about the growth of non-traditional journalism and how it crossed into mainstream.

    "So today I will be talking about the rights of citizen journalism in terms of it's effect on print journalism, it's effect on young people, and also it's effect on media in general. The right of citizen journalism I think really started, and is connected with the right of social media. The concept of being able to to be at a place and event of, you know, a fire, a war zone or anything lie that and being able to take a picture, or tweet it or have some kind of input on the event. And has meant that now people can go to twitter above and beyond going to news websites, or any kind of agency where they used to go before to get their news, now Twitter is the place to break news. This effect on the media in terms of the print media has been great, great as in large, rather than great as in a good thing. People now seem to see Twitter as being the authoritative voice  in terms of breaking news, and it is of course though a double-edged sward with far more access to journalism in terms of citizen  journalism, we also get far less authoritative or traditional framework to put events. To take an example, the Boston bombings, the bombings at the Boston Marathon. That actually caused quiet a stir on the social media in terms of one suspect was named and basically trialled online, you know, the trial by the masses, before there be any fact-checking , or any kind of real media actual proper inquiry, and it was the wrong person. And this of course is going to be a problem if one has the equal share in what the news is. I think in that sense citizen journalism is causing a real decline in analysis, being able to break the news first doesn't mean you're able to bring the news best (...) "

Michael Rickwood

How to answer a big question in a short talk?
  • Description

    Michael Rickwood shows few simple steps so as to make a short speech powerful.

    There’s time and effort needed to make a long speech short and a short speech great. To illustrate this, Michael Rickwood takes us through different steps so as to polish our talks in a way to engage our audience. First, come with a purpose for your talk, a clearly defined question that you aim to answer with your talk. Then the following principles of ‘hours, minutes and seconds’ will help you to master the art of a great WikiTalk. The hours represent the time spent on preparing your speech, from the initial brainstorming of ideas, to coming up with answers to your big questions ending up with a clear structure to facilitate communication with the audience. The minutes is the time of rehearsal which would make you ready for the speech without the need of using notes or reading out from a paper. Then, there are the seconds, the moment of truth on the stage when your speech shouldn't feel like a performance but rather a conversation with your audience.If you can combine all of these in your speech, the success is guaranteed.

    “Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers” Voltaire

    "It's gotta feel like a story, and not like a lecture. Now story, by definition, is a journey full of twists and turns written with character and conflict."

    “A great talk is dynamite”

     

     

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