November 28, 2008
Tweets, texts and chats change coverage of Mumbai

Journalists and non-journalists are following the thousands of micro-blogging Twitter tweets tagged with “Mumbai,” tracking friends’ Facebook statuses, dialing into impromptu webcasted radio shows and text messaging updates of the ongoing Mumbai attacks.

People are sharing and circulating information throughout India and the world via social networking and new media applications.

The sheer scope of the information channeling through various media outlets has also increased misinformation and rumors. Here is a fake story claiming that members of President-elect Barack Obama’s team were targeted in Mumbai.

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) has leveraged its community of journalists and new media technology tools to report and curate the information flowing out of Mumbai. The organization has become a hub for news outlets and resources — it even posted a contact list of reporters on the ground on sajaforum.org.

SAJA co-founder Sree Sreenivasan is a dean at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a new media and technology reporter. He speaks with Martin Savidge about how new media tools have helped speed up communications and news coverage of the Mumbai attacks.

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People can call in and share information on SAJA’s 90-minute BlogTalkRadio show, which is hosted every 12 hours.

New Delhi TV is live-streaming news on NDTV 24×7 (English) and NDTV India (Hindi).

Global Voices Online, a citizen media outlet, surveys what bloggers are saying about the Mubmai attacks.

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