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User Generated Content

  • Richard Fair
  • 28 Nov 07, 09:06 AM

I do get carried away with new ideas. I was invited to speak at an event the other week showcasing a number of short documentaries about Berlin made entirely on mobile phones.

For the next couple of days I filmed everything that moved with my phone and stayed up all night editing. I even found myself dusting off the old keyboard and creating some bits of soundtrack. Great fun and all because I was asked to speak about ‘user generated content’ – how to get your stuff on the TV or radio.

In the new year I’m going to be exploring this more and more through this Blog, and BBC Radio Manchester.

Just about every media outlet is asking for your texts, e-mails, pictures and video clips. Hundreds of thousands get sent in every day but few are used. Are we all missing a trick? We’ve gone some way to exploring this already with the BBC Manchester Blog, but we’re only just scratching the surface.

I’d be interested in hearing your experiences of submitting text, e-mails and pictures to the media. Have you had things read out or images used? Have you tried and failed and now just given up? You can leave your thoughts here or e-mail me direct – - some may be quoted or read on-air, but at this stage, I’ll make no promises.

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Once I had a email read out from the
BBC to President Pervez Musharraf during an live interview.

I emailed the question thinking that I did not have a chance in hell of it being read out.

It was put to him live and I caused a man with a finger on the nuclear button to stumble.

My question is near the bottom of page (look for Ghazanfar Iqbal).

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