Ralph E. Hanson defines citizen journalism as “[j]ournalism created by people other than professional journalists, often distributed over the Internet.” (Hanson, 365) An example of citizen journalism was when the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was accidentally captured on video camera by Abraham Zapruder. This film was important because it exposed us to an event that we might otherwise have not been able to witness. Citizen journalism helps to maintain democracy in the media by allowing citizens to bypass censorship and increase the range of material the public is exposed to.
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Assassinationforum. “JFK Assassination Every Zapruder Frame Slowed Down.” YouTube. 19 Aug. 2009. Web. 27 July 2011.
Hanson, Ralph E. Mass Communication: Living In A Media World.