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Smartphones empower citizen journalists onboard Costa Concordia

Fri 20 Jan, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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Thanks to smartphone technology, content sharing opportunities, and passengers in the right place at the right time, anyone with internet access can now “live through” what it would have been like to be onboard the Costa Concordia during its ordeal on the rocky Italian coastline. It has also helped detectives in their investigation of what really happened that black Friday and who might be to blame for the terrible fate of the Costa Concordia and at least 11 of its passengers.

Much speculation surrounds perhaps the most concerning amateur video to surface so far. The footage shows crew members reassuring worried passengers kitted out in life jackets that everything is under control and it is safe to return to their cabins. Other videos gaining major popularity online feature passengers escaping the stricken vessel by climbing down a rope ladder, and fighting to get a seat on one of the few accessible lifeboats.

With most 2012 mobile phone releases providing cameras as a standard feature, and Samsung set to reveal Galaxy Skin, its extra durable bendy-screened model, in Spring, smartphone users will be able to capture news as it happens in the most taxing of conditions. With the available footage, consumers worldwide will be granted more front row seats to stories previously made visual only by professional news photography.

The increasing capabilities of smartphones are dealing a blow to journalists worldwide who are no longer guaranteed to be the first to break a news story. Consumers with even the most basic of mobile phones can place international calls, and those with a smartphone even without a camera can share news via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, widely used during the Arab Spring events of 2011.

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