Our next media-related avatar is Janey Bracken, editor for Virtually London and CNN iReport contributor. Some of her stories have been broadcasted in the channel. Among then, the First U.S. Congress hearing on Second Life.
“I had a friend who talked me into starting a blog. I found I liked writing a diary sort of thing… then another friend told me CNN had come into SL, so I joined them as an iReporter and from there applied for this job with the Daily Mail which I get SL wages for,” Bracken said.
As a reporter, Janey has run into situations in which a different avatar used her text and altered it for a different publication. However, as other users I’ve been talking to, she didn’t think this was important and decided to not report it to Linden Labs.
“If it became a problem I would confront the person,” she said.
According to Bracken, CNN doesn’t practice censorship but will take down any content that is not suitable to the site. Like other outlets, CNN doesn’t give iReporters a code of ethics or rules they have to respect when reporting.
“We have meetings each week to discuss things and those sort of questions are covered,” Bracken said. “I use my common sense also.”
In order to avoid conflicts with her coverage, Bracken records the transcript of all her conversations in her computer.
“I cover myself like that if people say I have misquoted them,” she said.
When asked if coverage within SL will reach a point in which it has to be regulated, Bracken said it’s hard to say. In her opinion, it “needs a test case to prove it.” Like many laws, the object of regulation might come before the rules to control it. However, SL only provides avatars with the DMCA for now and each organization is left alone to give guidance or not to its reporters and writers.
This leaves me close to our analysis section which will come in the next post. Stay tuned!