With the creation of the internet, social media and accessibility to mobile devices that can keep you updated within a moment, the way we receive and moreover contribute to news stories is rapidly changing. Citizen journalism is the go. But what is it?
By tweeting each and every incessant thing I do in life, I am essentially my own form of journalist. A citizen journalist to be exact. Citizen journalism lacks the authority that traditional forms of legacy media are based upon, is open and content is freely shared by the produsers of society.
Take for example the fact that citizen journalism has been used many individuals to report on issues that were not sufficiently broadcast — the Arab Spring — or were not readily presented in mainstream media platforms — the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election Protests. Citizen journalism is everywhere and is an effective means of communicating ideas and news stories to a wide audience. Clay Shirky discusses this idea further in the Ted Talk below.
- Mitew, T., 2015, ‘From Citizen Journalism to Collective Intelligence’, Lecture / Prezi Presentation, BCM112, University of Wollongong, 27 April 2015.