My speech for Poynter's TEDx Friday: How changing media landscape affected Hydra Lacy story
The folks organizing Poynter's TEDx conference asked me to pick a very specific topic to illustrate how social media and the changing technology is rewriting the rules for journalism.
So I decided to go with the oddest journalism experience I'd seen in a long time; watching shock Jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and a woman who tweets out links to explicit videos get involved covering the police standoff in St. Petersburg with cop-killer Hydra Lacy Jr.
Back in January, Clem used his contacts with police and connection to fans to provide information on Lacy, reveal that two officers had died and air audio of police shooting at the suspect while he was holed up in a house in St. Petersburg.
While that was going on, a woman who usually tweets links to explicit videos, known as Mistress Niina, began sending out Twitter messages with information from the standoff -- seemingly, because she lived close to the house where Lacy was hiding. This was notable because the police had sealed off the neighborhood, keeping traditional media outlets from getting close enough for similar reporting.
I'm going to use the examples of these two incidents to illustrate some new principles in media, from the idea that journalism has morphed from a craft to an act, to the way reporting in becoming one long conversation with the community.
My talk starts around 9:50 a.m.; click here for more information on the daylong event, which is an offshoot of the prestigious TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) global conferences owned by the non-profit Sapling Foundation.