Alternative/ Citizen Journalism
Holly Jones & Sophie Bennett
What is it?
Alternative or ‘citizen’ journalism in its
simplest form is…
• Not produced by professionals
• Created by Peop...
Media Platforms
Which sites can be used as platforms for
citizen journalism?
To name a few…
• Facebook – photo, location, ...
Hudson River 2009
YouTube
Prime example of citizen journalism
• Captured by people outside the mass
media
• Signified by the name “YOU” tube
Oscar Grant 2009
Oscar Grant shooting incident – killed in a
subway station, recorded by passengers on
mobile phones and u...
Guard-Dog Theory
States the Journalists and mass media
support…
• Dominant political institutions
• Major economic groups ...
Toronto G20 Protests
- Protesters were
encouraged to
document events using
social media, resulting in
11,556 tweets, 222
v...
A Critical Look
Focus on issues, especially those not in
mainstream consciousness.
Vs.
Huge moral bias- mainly focused on ...
“Like mainstream reporting, these accounts were
dominated by the violence that accompanied the
protests….accounts that wer...
http://blog.witness.org/tag/citizen-video-blog-series/
References
http://www.12manage.com/description_tichenor_guard_dog_th
eory.html <accessed 22/10/13>
http://blog.witness.org...
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  1. 1. Alternative/ Citizen Journalism Holly Jones & Sophie Bennett
  2. 2. What is it? Alternative or ‘citizen’ journalism in its simplest form is… • Not produced by professionals • Created by People from outside mainstream media organisations • These people write and report from their position as citizens
  3. 3. Media Platforms Which sites can be used as platforms for citizen journalism? To name a few… • Facebook – photo, location, events and video share • YouTube – video share • Flickr – photo share • Twitter – location, events and photo share
  4. 4. Hudson River 2009
  5. 5. YouTube Prime example of citizen journalism • Captured by people outside the mass media • Signified by the name “YOU” tube
  6. 6. Oscar Grant 2009 Oscar Grant shooting incident – killed in a subway station, recorded by passengers on mobile phones and uploaded to YouTube causing protests among online and offline communities. Video coverage from YouTube was used as official evidence in the following court case. Covered in the essential reading ‘'This is citizen journalism at its finest': YouTube and the public sphere in the Oscar Grant shooting incident’ - Mary Grace Antony and Ryan J. Thomas
  7. 7. Guard-Dog Theory States the Journalists and mass media support… • Dominant political institutions • Major economic groups & their values The guard-dog media can sometimes attack an individual in power as opposed to the passive “lapdog” theory
  8. 8. Toronto G20 Protests - Protesters were encouraged to document events using social media, resulting in 11,556 tweets, 222 videos and 3,338 photos. - Categorised by #g20report Covered in the second essential reading ‘Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr as platforms of alternative journalism: The social media account of the 2010 Toronto G20 protests’ Thomas Poell and Erik Borra
  9. 9. A Critical Look Focus on issues, especially those not in mainstream consciousness. Vs. Huge moral bias- mainly focused on actions of the police.
  10. 10. “Like mainstream reporting, these accounts were dominated by the violence that accompanied the protests….accounts that were squarely focused on the violence and spectacle that accompanied and eventually overtook the protests. Of course, a major difference from traditional mainstream protest reporting is not that the protesters in the social media account are depicted as deviants, or outlaws, but that attention is paid to excessive police violence. Nevertheless, the result of activist social media reporting is just as tragic: the attention is drawn away from the original issues at stake in the protests.”
  11. 11. http://blog.witness.org/tag/citizen-video-blog-series/
  12. 12. References http://www.12manage.com/description_tichenor_guard_dog_th eory.html <accessed 22/10/13> http://blog.witness.org/tag/citizen-video-blog-series/ <accessed 22/10/13> Antony, MG. Thomas, RJ. (2010) ‘This is citizen journalism at its finest': YouTube and the public sphere in the Oscar Grant shooting incident’, New Media and Society, 12 (1280) Poell, T. Borra, E. (2011) ‘Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr as platforms of alternative journalism: The social media account of the 2010 Toronto G20 protests’, Journalism, 13 (695)

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