The reading of choice this week is by Kperogi
Quotes from the Kperogi article
“CNN is merely deploying a more sophisticated hegemonic narrative of journalistic authority to simultaneously confer legitimacy on its notion of what constitutes news and to tap into the vast-and free- resources that abound in the citizen media (Kperogi).”
“I argue that the trend toward corporate-sponsored media may, in the final analysis, blur the distinction between citizen and mainstream journalism (Kperogi).”
Quotes From CNN
“Together, CNN and iReport can paint a more complete picture of the news.”
“Everything you see on iReport starts with someone in the CNN audience. The stories here are not edited fact-checked or screened before they post. CNN’s producers will check out some of the most compelling, important and urgent iReports and, once they’re cleared for CNN, make them a part of CNN’s news coverage.”
After reading the article by Kperogi I was inspired to do a little research of my own about ireport.com. I found out some interesting things. For instance, there were problems that arose from the creation of ireport.com.
Like this incident for instance: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&refer=conews&tkr=AAPL:US&sid=addZXQqphaNw . I feel this article is a perfect example of what Kperogi was talking about when he mentioned there being a blur in the distinction between citizen and mainstream journalism.
Other interesting things to look at
CNN’s ireport has its own twitter page encouraging individuals to read stories from ireporters .http://twitter.com/#!/cnnireport . They also have dedicated a facebook page to ireporting. On it they give a brief overview of what ireport.com is and what the company believes and stands for. http://www.facebook.com/ireport?sk=info