CJ and the olympic torch.

Back of my hols and my first post using WP2.5 – very nice so far.

Anyway, I have a lot of stuff to catch up on and things to post about. But to get the juices flowing I wanted to point to a great pick off by Phil Trippenbach about ‘CJ’ coverage of the Olympic torch going through London.

He compares it to the BBC coverage, which someone has also youtubed.

Interesting comparison and Phil ends by considering the fundamental problem that MSM face when it comes to this kind of thing

Everyone in the audience has a camera. And everyone in the audience can broadcast their feed live to the world. If the BBC (or anyone) can figure out an efficient way for people like niesfisch to get newsworthy video onto their own organization’s portal, instead of YouTube, in a timely and yet edited fashion, they’ll have a good thing going . .

2 Replies to “CJ and the olympic torch.”

  1. Don’t we think that Google already achieved that aim – “get newsworthy video onto their own organization’s portal” – when they just went out and bought YouTube – they just haven’t hooked it all up yet. You type in ‘olympic torch protest’ to Google, and that YouTube video comes up first?

  2. I don’t think that Google has achieved that aim, at all. Sure, they get all the newsworthy video out there – they get ALL the video out there. Ten hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

    Even if you’re pumping in accurate search strings, you could get hundreds, if not thousands, of hits back. This is the drinking from a fire hose – there’s so much information, it’s just noise. The video is out there but someone needs to help you find it.

    This is where the pros come in.

    There are two sides to journalism: reporting and editing. Google is good at the reporting, in that they provide a channel for users to find whatever they’re interested in. But even Page and Brin’s search algorithms can’t decide what’s newsworthy (yet!). The weak spot in the chain here is that someone needs to sort the quality stuff from the dreck. For every 10 hours of footage uploaded to YouTube, most of it will be irellevant, or poor quality, or offensive, or simply not germane to the particular point at hand.

    The point remains – how do you sort out which citizen footage is worth looking at and sharing, and which is useless? It’s a problem . . .

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