Monday, September 17, 2007

Citizen Editors

After reading Citizen Marketers ch.2 I did a little research on and found an article on BBC news called Citizens New Take on News. It talks about how news agenda would be completely different if it were planned by everyday citizens rather than journalists. US Pew Research Center, mentioned in Citizen Marketers, compared news stories from mainstreams news sources, such as TV, radio and online, to three user driven sites – Digg, Reddit and The study found that the news stories that appeared on mainstream news sources and those most popular on user-driven sites varied tremendously.
People were drawn to more eclectic stories rather than stories about Iraq from different angles. There was little emphasis on single stories because readers today want to know a little bit of everything in order to be a worldly, informed citizen. The most popular stories on the user-driven site were about technology (40%) while the next popular were lifestyle stories, which is not the main content of mainstream news.
The user-driven sites are driving now web2.0highway with the top down, making your everyday people the new editors.


Megan said...

I'm digg-obsessed, and I've actually noticed that the big news stories of the day do end up on digg's front page (most popular stories). However, along with the political news, you do see a lot of technology stories and generally out-of-the-ordinary ones. That's one of the great things about Digg - you get a wider spectrum of the usual stories that are submitted and digged(?) for a reason. Checking Digg definitely adds a different perspective along with your daily breaking-news stories.

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