"Genuine innovation requires a fundamental shift in how journalists think about their role in a changed world. To begin with, they need to get used to being ‘curators’; sorting news from the noise on the social web using smart new tools and good old fashioned reporting skills.
"I find it helps to think of curation as three central questions:
"* Discovery: How do we find valuable social media content? "* Verification: How do we make sure we can trust it? "* Delivery: How do we turn that content into stories for a changed audience?"
"Technologies reach their full potential when we forgot about the novelty. Instead they become boring and blend into the background. How often do we think about the technology behind the telephone, or the television set in our living room?"
Written by Alf Hermida, one of the authors of the excellent 2011 book "Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers."
"1 Social media gives power to the people. "2 Governments easily monitor and censor social media. "3 Facebook and Twitter enabled the Arab Spring. "4 Only young people use social media. "5 Social media creates a global village."
(Published Oct. 1, 2011.) Author Ramesh Srinivasan is an assistant professor of information studies and design/media arts at UCLA.