The Spoken Word has recently been involved in providing technological support to a class that is part of the MA in Multimedia Journalism based at Glasgow Caledonian University. The class is run by Claire Dean who is a former reporter at STV’s Scotland Today programme.
The Spoken Word has set up blogs for the each of the students in the class and has introduced them to various new media tools that are currently being used such as tagging, live updating through twitter and polling.
Today’s session of the class included a talk and question and answer session given by Kyle MacRae. Kyle is co-founder of the website Scoopt. Scoopt is an online service that allows members of the public to upload their photos on to the site in the hope that the Scoopt staff can sell the image to news agencies from around the world. The idea for the website came to Kyle after watching the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami that took place on Boxing Day 2004 and the lack of images that the media could source of the event.
It was interesting to hear about Kyle’s experiences both generally and from the point of view of the work that the Spoken Word carries out – specifically in relation to the various rights clearance issues that he has encountered.
Scoopt has now been bought over by Getty Images but despite this Kyle believes that citizen journalism still has not found its feet in the online world. It appears that there is still some way to go before public input is fully embraced by the giants of the media world.