I’m always interested in how people use digital media. An increasingly popular, but not entirely new, trend among news media is the concept of “crowdsourcing.” In journalism, crowdsourcing refers to using Web 2.0 technology to find news tips or sources through mass collaboration. For example, I saw via Twitter that Dwell magazine is compiling a Google map of small farms across America and is asking people to nominate their favorite local farms for the list.
A recent award-winning New York Times photo series has come under fire and found itself at the center of controversy over apps in photojournalism. The photos, by Times photog Damon Winter, won third place for feature picture story from Pictures of the Year International. He took them using an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app, which takes digital photos using settings that give them an “analog” feel … aka so they look like they were shot using old film.