Sunday, July 10, 2005

Phones Transform London Bombing Victims Into Mini-Journalists

[. . .]now a large proportion of people in this country are carrying a camera with them all the time, which is just incredible. It’s a great source that we’d be foolish not to tap into.
Stuart Thomas, editor, ITV London News
[. . .]yesterday was a turning point in what we call user-generated content because it was the images that really told the story.
Vicky Taylor, editor of interactivity, BBC’s news website
Amateur photographs and video footage taken by people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time played a key role in newspaper, television and Internet coverage of the transport attacks in London. Such event-based reporting from individuals is bound to rise with the spread of such devices and as these devices improve in quality.

Here's more on how camera cell phones transformed victims into journalists after the terror attacks in London.

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