Unabh�ngiges B�rger-TV in Kanada geplant

--- Wo wir gerade schon beim B�rger-Journalismus sind -- ein ungew�hnliches, weil auf das Fernsehen setzende Projekt ist da in Kanada geplant, berichtet Technology Review:
On June 15, Toronto-based Independent World Television (IWT) announced plans to launch a television channel by late 2007 that will incorporate citizens' voices into its programming mix. ... IWT is asking individuals to donate $50, preferably via the Web. According to the group's prospectus, if 500,000 people donate $50 apiece, IWT will be able to be sustain its first year of production. ... IWT plans to offer stories that today's mainstream media doesn't cover, such as the "Downing Street Memo," which alleged that the Bush administration made the facts fit its policy in the runup to the Iraq War. In most cases, according to IWT staffers, such stories aren't covered because of corporate and government pressures, direct or indirect. Even PBS, the group claims, is tainted by commercial and government interests through its corporate underwriting and government grants -- more today than ever before. ... As an example of the kind of fare IWT plans to offer, the program J-Pop will feature video footage shot by citizens, uploaded to the site via a BitTorrent application, vetted by IWT editors, and aired. "The model will be a network that's a marriage of professional and citizen journalism," says Matt Thompson, Internet director of IWT. "The time is right to apply [citizen journalism] to television." ... Finally, there's the philosophical challenge facing IWT: its model upends entrenched perceptions and habits about mass media news. And doing so can be a risky business. In 2000, for example, Chicago television station WBBM abandoned the popular "if it bleeds, it leads" approach dominating local newscasts, in favor of a more sober approach that spent time examining the nuances of a story. After nine months, though, the experiment failed, with the station's ratings plummeting to an eight-percent share, according to a report in Columbia Journalism Review. Indeed, one could argue that, given the success of networks such as Fox News and programs such as Lou Dobbs on CNN, people want spin in their news.
Ohne Spin keine interessante Nachricht, das ist auch mal eine nachdenklich stimmende These. Und hoffentlich ergeht es den Kanadiern nicht wie so manchem Projekt im Rahmen des "Offenen Kanals" hierzulande.

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