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Channel 4 News launches cuts map in time for Budget – UGC to the max

The developer behind the #uksnow map Ben Marsh has launched a crowdsourced cuts map for Channel 4 to monitor spending cuts across the UK in time for George Osborne’s Budget.

Twitter can be used to report government cuts taking place via this map. On Twitter, the hashtag #c4cuts, a place name/postcode and a link to an article will appear on the map on Channel 4’s website.

So we see a big broadcaster using UGC in a fantastic way, reaching more communities than they might do otherwise. Channel 4 News say they want to “harness the power of social media and the wisdom of the crowd” to find stories they may have missed.

Channel 4 News’s Head Of Online Ed Fraser told Generated By Users: “…if you ask a Channel 4 News presenter like John Snow or Krishnan Guru-Murthy a question or one of our correspondents or producers then you will usually get a reply/answer.

“We are now looking to evolve the next stage of our social media strategy and reach out to the audience to help us develop our journalism both online and then to translate that onto television.  There have been a lot of collaborative style projects online but few that make the translation onto television.

“We hope our Cutsmap will enable the audience to join with us in pinpointing cuts around the country at a local level and it can be a resource for both them and for us to develop stories from.”

Channel 4 isn’t the only broadcaster using innovative Budget-inspired UGC. Sky News will have a Budget calculator available shortly after the announcement so people can fill in their details and see how much better or worse they will be as a result of the Budget. The BBC also has a Budget calculator. And ITV News had a live web chat featuring a panel of experts whom users could post questions to and interact with online.

If you’re in Budget mode, here it is at a glance. And below is some reaction from Twitter:

@drummermik: Wow. A whole penny off fuel per litre. I can now get a couple penny sweets every time I fill up. #Budget

@lightboxstudios: So far it seems the budget is pretty good, especially for small businesses. Nice one George, looking forward to my reduced business rates!

@mancman: @10anta i suggest you watch the BBC, this shocking budget is not going down well with the public, Roll on May 5th when you get massacred

Lots of different opinions then – what are your thoughts on the cuts map/Budget? Feel free to add some UGC to this post with a comment or two!

By Anisa Kadri @anisakadri on Twitter

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Covering it live – the York Gardens Library ‘read in’, Battersea

Toynbee speaks out on plan to close York Gardens Library

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee spoke out against the planned closure of York Gardens Library in Battersea. Picture by Anisa Kadri @anisakadri on Twitter

I am the community publisher of a hyperlocal blog called Battersea People, which provides news about, yep, you guessed it, Battersea in South London. It’s Save Our Libraries Day today so York Gardens Library in Battersea that the council plans to close held an event to showcase various speakers and explain why it should stay open. I saw some people tweeting about the event so decided to set up a live blog about it on coveritlive.com:

Check out my entire live blog here: Save York Gardens Library read in

By adding the Twitter feeds of people I knew would tweet throughout the event, and also allowing any tweets with the words York Gardens Library or #saveYGlibrary to appear on my live feed, I fully embraced User Generated Content (UGC). Indeed, this meant non-journalists’ tweets were featured in my live blog, and so users were providing information, breaking down the distinction between the journo and the user.

Live blogging is great for conveying the immediacy of news journalism. Having various Twitter-ers giving their views and updates on the York Gardens ‘read in’ on my live feed meant I was gauging rection moreorless in real time. Therefore, UGC not only blurs the distinction between journalists and users, it also allows the journalist to interact with their audience effectively and efficiently.

By Anisa Kadri @anisakadri on Twitter