While veteran journalists have long complained that what passes for news on the Internet is actually the commentary of people sitting in bathrobes at home and not actually covering what is happening, early TV coverage of the siege in Mumbai showed a different facet of online reporting. Much of the coverage was dominated Thursday by images that originally were posted on the Web sometimes hour earlier. CBS Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith said that before TV camera crews could be mobilized and sent to the scene, "citizen journalists" were already providing images of the horror by loading photos from their cell phones and camcorders online. "One of the first real photographs of the scene was posted by somebody on Flickr," social networking expert Gaurav Mishra observed on today's (Friday) program. "People are sharing quick, small pieces of information of what's happening on the ground, helping others who are not linked to what is happening." CBS interviewed one woman close to the Taj Mahal hotel, the site of some of the fiercest attacks, via her webcam. "What citizen journalism does is widen the scope of what it means to be a journalist," Mishra said on the program. "It ha give new voices to mainstream media and gives new options of how to collect news, how to create news and how to disseminate news." Meanwhile, today's Hollywood Reporter reported that the violence in Mumbai has shut down the Bollywood film industry which is based there.

28/11/2008