The Rise of Citizen Journalism and itsImplications
Learning Objectives Define Citizen Journalism Understand its impact Explore the different layers of citizen journalism Identify the advantages and limitations of citizen journalism and citizen journalism partnership
What Is Citizen Journalism? Members of public playing an active role in news and information Citizen media, not professional journalism Independent websites Personal broadcasting sites Participatory news sites
Timeline of Citizen Journalism Popularity and Demand September 11th, 2001: Americans wanted immediate coverage rise of “do-it-yourself” journalism. February 2, 2003: Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster news and gov’t organizations asked public for eyewitness accounts December 2004: Indonesian Tsunami June 2009 Iranian Elections coverage Source: http://www.slideshare.net/mariekshan/timeline- citizen-journalism
Blogging Most compelling information is sometimes comes from non-journalists Powerful, accessible, and inexpensive Able to cater to a wide audience Creation of online communities people with similar interests coming together
Open Source Reporting Including the opinions and expertise of knowledgeable sources Collaboration between writers and readers Reader panel: interviewing and gaining perspective from certain groups of people.
Impact Some examples of major news stories revealed through online journalism: Reporter in Hawaii who delved into House Speaker Nancy Pelosis pricey holiday trip, which included more than $21,000 in security cost to Hawaiis taxpayers It was an online journalist in New Hampshire who broke the news when Newt Gingrich admitted during an interview he made an endorsement mistake in a highly contested congressional race.
Egyptian Revolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThvBJMzmSZIDiscussion Questions:What effect do you think citizen journalism has had on ouryouth?Are we able to impact government affairs in a way that was notpossible before?Polls:How many students have practiced citizen journalism?Do you feel that citizen journalism plays an active role in yourday-to-day life?