Back in 2004, before YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. I created one of the worlds first video blogs which peaked as the 1901th most visited website in the world. I was interviewed by the Washington Post, the BBC and published in various newspapers. The website was featured in a TED talk as an example of "when social media became the news". This moment in time demonstrated how the internet can surpass, or at least complement, traditional news media – even in terms of delivering multimedia content. Today we accept this as standard but before the tsunami the media outlets were number 1.
Blogging has now completely altered how reporters report, where they report from and who is doing the reporting of disasters. Journalists and aid agencies are having to rethink their roles the old cosy relationship where aid agencies gave journalists access to disaster zones and victims in return for a namecheck is being torn up. Reporters can now get what they need direct from the public and Aid agencies are now turning their own staff into citizen journalists and filmmakers in order to get their message across.