TheAnswer• When ordinarycitizens/people such asourselves, startreporting/highlightinginformative issues faced bythe local masses•When ordinary peoplestart performing the dutiesof a news reporter•When such duties areperformed they becomecitizen journalists•And the process thatinvolves these citizensreporting informative newsstories is known as citizenjournalism.
The main theme of the article revolves around howthe concept and principle of citizen journalism haspaved way in everyday life, demonstrating itseffectiveness with regard to 3 situations: 2004 South Asian Tsunami Human Rights abuses in India‟s north east region Palestinian Crisis in Occupied Territories.
Palestinian Crisis in the Occupied Territories. Impact of Citizen Journalism. Bloggers creating a platform for ordinary Palestinians to give an account of the atrocities they have to face in everyday life. Electronic Intifada (EI) http://electronicintifad a.net/blog
Diaries: Live from Palestine Part of the Citizen Dream of Returning Journalism section of Home EI Our Day Will Come Active since 2002 and (Soon) has become a regular feature. Highlights striking updates and stories of Palestinians under military invasion. Citizen journalist reports almost each day.
Citizen Journalism in IndiaIndia‟s Widening MediaLandscape.
The Internet: Essence of CitizenJournalism in India With the ever increase usage of internet in India, citizen journalism is on the rise. India‟s bloggers have become more active than ever and continue to grow in number talking on a range of issues. Internet is giving average ordinary people a chance to transmit information
www.merinews.com Established in 2006 – Activity: Compare and India‟s website Contrast dedicated to citizen journalism. How is merinews.com Over 50,000 citizen journalists. different from a professional news News by normal people, not “journalists” web site such as Headlines Today or Anyone who would like CNN IBN? to become a citizen journalist can submit their contributions on Tweet your findings to merinews.com. #mdia5003
Human Rights Violations: reporting online in India. Evolution of online media helps students understand the power of news media (Beers 2006) Some regions and their issues are being neglected by mainstream politically powerful media. Citizen Journalists highlight these issues without bias and fear of mainstream media. „Beers, D (2006), „The public sphere and online, independent journalism‟, Canadian Journal of Education / Revue canadienne de léducation, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 109-130.
Irom SharmilaChanu Poet from Manipur who protested against the AFSPA. Manipur part of the seven states that have been in some form of conflict or the other since independence. Irom decides to “fast unto death” as form of protest. Her efforts commented and reported by many citizens in blogs on Manipur websites. Manipuronline.com
Two Online Articles of Interest Citizen Journalism Future of Citizen Sucks Journalism?