Forum 1

Screengrab from the video emailed to the Guardian showing the wounded Neda Aghan-Soltan, during the 2009 protests in Iran. Photograph: EPA/The Guardian

Welcome to the first Class Forum. Remember: Responses to the forum questions must to be completed by Thursday of each week in order to give your classmates enough time to complete their comments. See the Communications Requirements file for more details.

Part of your reading assignment this week is reading about the Polk Award that given to the anonymous video of Neda Aghan-Soltan’s death.

The award fell under a the videography category was given to the anonymous person or persons responsible for the video of the death of 26-year-old Iranian Neda Agha-Soltan during protests in 2009. Listen/Read this interview on On the Media with the Polk Awards curator John Darnton.


Should a journalism award be given recognizing the photos or video taken by citizens witnessing an event?

Should the Polk awards or other prestigious industry awards be given to non-journalists?

Considering what has happened in the last six months in the Middle East and North Africa what role (help/hurt) has user generated content played?

Discuss below and/or start a new discussion on this theme with a new post. Remember your initial forum posts are due by Thursday