There’s a good chance you are not one of the Birmingham Post’s 12,700 daily readers and therefore may have missed something of a landmark event in crowdsouring.
Help Me Investigate, the public journalism project designed to kick-start investigative reporting with public involvement at its heart, has its first story in print today.
Via the pages of the Post, it reveals the worst places to park in Birmingham, a story based on an initial inquiry by a resident called Stacey and followed up by seven others (including, it must be said, some intimately involved in the Help Me Investigate project).
The Freedom of Information request that led to the release of the parking data was written by Heather Brooke, she of MPs’ expenses fame.
For the record Alum Rock Road leads the list with 4,000 tickets handed out last year. In total Birmingham City Council issued 135,656 parking tickets in the year to 2009.
So far the crowd is modest but this morning’s Post story points to interesting things ahead.
A flood in ITN’s Studio 6 may not add to your understanding of (important) world events but the fact that the Channel 4 News* team went into contingency-overdrive this morning has more than a passing appeal.
Using Twitter to share what’s happening behind the scenes gives the viewer a sense of the “inside” and a flavour of the personality and character of the programme and its maker. It may even cement the relationship between programme and viewer.
Or perhaps that’s reading far too much into it. Either way, you would have clicked on the link.
From YouTube to the iPlayer via newspaper sites offering moving pictures, the digital landscape for video already looks well-established.
But four years on from the moment we went from Dial-up Britain to Broadband Britain, we still have much to learn.
In my latest contribution to Journalism.co.uk I look at five lessons from the last seven days. Namely:
1. If you build it they will come…
(…provided you build something elegant and easy to use. And then market it like crazy.) 2. Don’t do video unless you’re adding value 3. You can’t control the message 4. Brands love YouTube 5. Death is a good career move online too