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.