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Citizen Media Handbook - Introduction

This book is for everyone who wants to become a contemporary journalist.

Today there is no more passive reading, listening or watching of the news. We comment, tweet, blog, re-mix, and make video responses. We live in a world of plenty, where the traditional media gate-keepers were born in scarcity. We are in a world of transition where the "people formerly known as the audience", which means all of us, have become the producers.

The book invites you to be a dynamic part of this citizen media revolution. Here you can learn how to produce your own rapid-turnaround and high-quality video news, using only the tools in your pocket. And you can learn the story-telling skills you need to compete for eyeballs with the traditional media.

Almost everyone has those tools: smartphone, tablet, digital camera, or just an internet connection.

You'll find here clear and easy templates for video news reports which can be made by absolute beginners, or by people with skills but little time. They have been developed in visionOntv's training programmes with a wide variety of groups, and distill our experience as medis producers into one-page cartoons

Later versions of this book will also show you how to shoot your message through the gates of the traditional media, the media born of the printing press and the cathode ray tube.

Now learn how to tell stories which match up to traditional media journalists', and become not just a citizen journalist, but a contemporary journalist.

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