Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Citizen Journalism

Mark Glaser defines citizen journalism as, “people without professional journalism training using the tools of modern technology and the global distribution of the Internet to create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others.”[1] Because of all the new technology we have today, Twitter and Facebook as examples; citizen journalism is becoming more and more common. Glaser explains in his article “Your Guide to Citizen Journalism”, that “The mainstream media reporters and producers are not the exclusive center of knowledge on a subject”[2], sometimes the audience know more jointly then an individual reporter.

A perfect example of citizen journalism would be when Tearah Moore, a soldier from Linden, Michigan, tweeted from Fort Hood when Major Nidal Malik Hasan started his killing spree. She tweeted things like, “[T]hey just brought a CART full of boxes w/transplant parts in them. Not good not good. #fthood”, and, “Maj Malik A Hassan. He shouldn’t have died. He should be in the worst suffering of his life. It’s too fair for him to just die. Bastard!{“ Tearah also took pictures of the injured soldiers from inside the hospital, which some of mainstream media outlets quickly picked up. Reporters were forbidden to enter the base, but thanks to Tearah, and citizen journalism, the world had access to her “minute by minute” reports from the scene of the crime.[3]

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