#newsinnovation : The Problems of User Content

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth
Trying to motivate people through forums has been a nightmare. Would Facebook Connect allow people to move quickly into such a system? Would a revenue share help bring people in?
People in the room have similar challenges – how do you bring together content on site blogs/forums/stories intelligently?
There seems to be something of a round of “uh, well…” about this discussion. There’s been a dismissal of Twitter as a source of citizen journalism (which I disagree with, frankly) and a suggestion that it’s much easier to get people to photograph/video/tweet rather than write stuff. But beyond that?
The model seems to be go where people are already. And the moral of this session seems to be that most journalists don’t care about user-generated content…

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.