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My 8-year-old son Xav does art reviews around the preview nights of the galleries of East London. This might sound precocious, but initially this was a cunning plot for me to be able to see the new art while with someone who prefers to sit at home playing DS, making something quite boring for him a bit more fun. But it has become a project with a life of its own.

The reason i’m writing about this small activity now is to show how it illustrates the potential of rapid-turnaround citizen media.  We went out last Thursday night to see a show at our local venue, the Doomed Gallery in Dalston. We arrived about 9pm, made three takes with our smartphone one-shot template (the audio failed on the first two – using external microphones with smartphones is challenging!). Then we went home and uploaded.

 

We tweeted and social media-ed, and this “one night only” event was publicised before it finished.

For more info on visionOntv’s citizen journalism templates, go to http://streetreporter.org/tools

 

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