Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Citizen Journalism

"Citizen Journalism is when private individuals do essentially what professional reporters do - report information. That information can take many forms, from a podcast editorial to a report about a city council meeting on a blog. It can include text, pictures, audio and video. But it's basically all about communication information of some kind. "- Tony Rogers (1)

Citizen journalism has grown with the help of all the new, immediate technologies that we have today. Technologies like Twitter, Youtube and Facebook allow many people to post or upload posts and pictures tothe internet to be shared with millions of others. Journalists are no longer the main source of our news. Some news organizations even started hiring "Citizen Journalists" to report for them!

An example of this happened this New Years day, when officer Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant, a man who supposedly resisted arrest. There was a train that was stopped right near this scene and a bystander on this train caught the entire incident on his phone. He uploaded it to Youtube instantly. "Within a day, the footage was broadcast online and TV stations across the Bay Area, inciting protests, and featuring heavily in the ongoing manslaughter trial." (2) This video is actually playing a very important role in the investigation of the shooting of Grant. This incident is actually just one of many cases of police brutality that are being investigated. If it wasn't for this video posted by bofoleone and thecaliforniabeat, this officer may have gotten away with what he did. Citizen journalism is helping to bring justice to the world.



1. "Citizen Journalism - What Is Citizen Journalism?" Journalism - Citizen Journalism - Reporting - Writing - Journalism Jobs and Careers. Web. 28 July 2011. alism/a/whatiscitizen.htm>.

2. "The Best Citizen Journalism Of 2009." Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. Web. 28 July 2011. .

3. "Cell Phone Video: The Ever-Present Witness | NBC Bay Area." NBC Bay Area - Local News, Weather, Traffic, Entertainment, Events, Breaking News | NBC Bay Area. Web. 28 July 2011. .

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