As discussed in class, citizen journalism is web as a platform. In What is Citizen Journalism, it is explained “In fact, the emergence of the Internet – with blogs, podcasts, streaming video and other Web-related innovations – is what has made citizen journalism possible. The Internet gave average people the ability to transmit information globally. That was a power once reserved for only the very largest media corporations and news agencies.”
This is a very controversial topic among journalist because some say “professional discipline which cannot be used for everyone” while others find citizen journalism to be very useful for the spread of information.
With the changing technology such as clearer photo quality on phones, people are becoming more reliant on “on the go” gadgets and social media sites. While it cannot be
denied that citizen journalism is on the rise, there are many pro’s and con’s to this increased use. In The rise of citizen journalism, it states, “There are two big downsides to ‘found’ video: the first is provenance; it takes money and time to check that it is real and not faked; the second risk is that just because you can shoot on a camera phone doesn’t mean you should. I worry that commissioners will use this as an excuse to cut budgets for factual even further.” Facebook is the perfect example of this. Facebook is a great tool in which news is rapidly spread, but is not always correct
information. This is also true with citizen journalism.
While pictures, videos, andinformation is spread much more rapidly, because there is no verification from credible sources, sometimes the information is not true.
On the other hand, there are many pros to the rise of citizen journalism. This new form of journalism, helps aid engagement and activism, allows for multiple viewpoints to be heard, and allows for events that may have been overlooked by mainstream media to be covered.
The use of social media for instant information or use of live features allows information to spread at the blink of an eye. With the increasing technology, it is easy to take pictures or record videos of things going on around. Apple’s new 7+ iPhone photo quality is almost as good as a professional camera.
There are many examples of the positive spread of information from citizen journalism such as the first picture of the Hudson River plane crash being taken on a cell phone and tweeted.
In class we discussed a multitude of examples ranging from the terrorist attacks on 9/11 to digital activism still going on in Arab springs.
While the debate on whether citizen journalism has more positive or negative impacts on society is ongoing, the one thing is for sure it is going to continue to grow.
Personally, I believe that citizen journalism is a good thing. I think it is a good secondary source for credible journalists and helps spread information faster. While this may come with some fake news, as citizen journalism grow, I think there will be more laws and regulations put in place to help regulate this. Similar to when doctors leave the office, when journalists are out of the office or use personal accounts they are still considered journalists because of their schooling, credibility, and talent. Thus, these people will still hold the most truth and information, but citizen journalism will only challenge real journalists to be better, faster, and more accurate with their stories.
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Rogers, Tony. “What Exactly is Citizen Journalism?” ThoughtCo. August 30, 2016. Accessed March 19, 2017. https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-citizen-journalism-2073663.