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Instablogs – start spreading the news

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Unless you’ve been living on the sun, chances are you’ve noticed that the traditional news media is being dragged kicking and screaming into a new age. News is being gathered via people on the ground via text messages and mobile phone photos. Events like the London tube bombings, the recent cyclone in Burma and the New York steam explosion are bringing readers much closer to the event than was ever possible before.

Instablogs is a news aggregation website that combines traditional news media feeds with so-called “citizen journalists” who are on the ground when events happen. This provides a mix of professional commentary and pictures, with photos, videos and comments from people who witnessed the event. Instablogs isn’t just for climactic events though, local news and anything people want to write about is all there for the reading.

Instablogs is a news ecosystem bringing bloggers, citizen journalists and traditional media together. It’s a place to discover, share, contribute and connect with the world and the people who are changing it.

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Tags: instablogs, citizen+journalism

Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.

Dan – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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