Citizen Journalism

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Citizen Journalism or often referred to as “user-generated” content or Participatory Media are providing much of the news content we view today in mainstream media or just through our own sources we use such as social media. It is described as ” The  act of a citizen, or group of citizens, playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and disseminating news and information.” 

Upon discussion, citizen journalism is mostly not professional, which refers to legacy media examples (Print, TV, Radio). Platforms in which user-generated content is often expressed are blog posts, tweets, YouTube videos or Podcasts that all have no cost of entry and generally no gatekeepers (editors, owners, policies).

I’d like to explore how citizen journalism can often deliver raw and unedited footage that capture iconic images and emotion that cannot be mediated therefore televised. I’ve chosen the 9/11 events and the above video showcases the fear and terror from the attacks, with unfiltered themes of corruption and conspiracy throughout as well as tragic ignorance. The next video is inside the World Trade Centre moments before it collapsed, somewhere off limits to professional journalists.

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4 thoughts on “Citizen Journalism

    originalcliches said:
    May 3, 2015 at 7:03 am

    This is a great post. I loved the example of the 9/11 attacks especially because some of the first hand stories, photos and video footage from people inside the towers contradicted what the legacy media was saying, sparking countless conspiracy theories. It is safe to say it is one of the first major new events in the world that was mostly seen from the perspective of a citizen rather than the mainstream media. Technology has provided the people an avenue to fight against the bias of the media. Do you think this is another reason why legacy media doesn’t like ‘citizen journalism’ because they don’t have the level of influence they had before the internet? Great post, maybe incorporate more links to other 9/11 articles since it is a really interesting moment in history.

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    ecmercer said:
    May 6, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Great job!
    Your example of the 9/11 attack really brought much controversy around the world. I found it amazing how people would share different footage and images that made this moment in time one that will scare America forever.
    It is citizen journalists that bring stories to life, fist witnessing and then dispersing. I feel that technology these days has brought a new way of collecting and thinking. Its like both the media and citizen have different influence in each one might perceive a situation, media may make us feel an emotion but citizens may bring to life the truth. Maybe you could include more hyperlinks to news articles in the way technology captures such events and how it impacts the sequence of events.
    Great job 🙂

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    NoWayImHuman said:
    May 9, 2015 at 2:42 am

    The example you have used of 9/11 and citizen journalism is great, your point has been successfully developed through your examples and explanation. The work of media coverage can often take away some of the raw emotion and add more drama to the issue at hand, where as citizen journalists change that, they capture the raw footage not trying to add any additional value to the story. Here’s some extra information about other events and how they can be effected by citizen journalists https://gigaom.com/2012/09/14/david-carr-on-newspapers-twitter-and-citizen-journalism/

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    DIGC said:
    May 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Reblogged this on mooreblogsread.

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