Virginia Tech tragedy and user generated content
The recent USA Today article by Robert Bianco, “Wall-to-wall coverage reflects monumental scale, sadness” takes a fascinating look at how the coverage unfolded during the Virginia Tech tragedy.
This is a clear reminder of how we are now getting our news through new media – blogs, text messaging, mobile phones, broadcasting networks, social networking and user-generated content.
I thought it was especially interesting how CNN called the student who sent cell phone footage to the broadcasting giant an “I-Reporter”. It will be interesting to see how this trend affects future news stories and if user-generated content will be our number one way of receiving breaking news. Most importantly, I couldn’t agree more with the reporter’s finial thoughts in the article.