Or journalism by non journalists, “refers to individuals playing an active role in the process of collecting,reporting, sorting, analyzing and disseminating news and information—a task once reserved almost exclusively to the news media.” (Lasica, 2003)
Many people credit this change to “Citizen Journalism”
The news is now being delivered from many people across multiple platforms. Image: shapeshift /Flickr
As a result, mainstream news sources are having a tough time holding onto an audience. Image: lakewentworth/Flickr
These alternative sources of media, like mainstream media, also have bias. However, we seem to be aware of the biases that come with personal journalism, but instead of showcasing them like in mainstream journalism, they are embraced. Image: dermot_reeve/Flickr
The September 11, 2001 and London Bombings of July 7, 2005 have both been credited with being the first cases of citizen journalism. Both incidents occurred after the morning newspaper had already been delivered. Photo: Mike Licht NotionsCapital.com/Flickr
Citizens present in both scenarios quickly found themselves documenting the events by taking photos, video, or blogging. They were posted on the internet for their friends, family, and unbeknownst to them, the world to see.
On the television, in the paper and online, news sources are always asking for citizens input. Whether it is through comments, photos and videos, or testimonies.
News sources have noticed this rise in citizen journalism, & have introduced different news delivery methods across the same platforms citizen journalists and audiences use. Photo: femiknitter/Flickr
Photo: johnturner/Flickr One of the most popular ways is through twitter. This allows for news teams to add more to a story, and to follow up with others .