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Red Kayaks and Hidden Gold

Red Kayaks and Hidden Gold

Essential reading for all those wishing to understand the changing nature of journalism and how audiences are increasingly helping to shape the news. John Kelly offers new insights to a world where the work of citizens is beginning to complement that of the mainstream media, and how traditional news organisations might respond to the challenge.

Nic Newman, Controller Journalism, BBC Future Media & Technology

This is an astute and balanced survey of how public participation is reforming journalism. Kelly sets out clearly and calmly the big questions posed to the news media by changing communications technology and the increasingly demanding and creative citizenry of our digital world. 

Charlie Beckett, Author "SuperMedia", Director, Polis @ London School of Economics 

This is a valuable paper which chronicles the birth and early years of user-generated content and its usage in traditional news journalism. It is particularly insightful when looking ahead to how news organisations will view not just UGC but digital journalism generally in the future.

Vicky Taylor, Commissioning Editor New Media, News and Current Affairs, Channel 4 

John Kelly is an award-winning columnist at The Washington Post, where he writes a daily human-interest column about life in the Washington area. He joined The Post in 1989 as deputy editor of the Weekend section. He has edited the Weekend section, started a special page for young readers and been a general assignment reporter in the Metro section. In 1998 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in 2007/8.