Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Citizen Journalism

On January 15th Pilot Chesley Sullenberger had a dramatic landing on the Hudson river. The first photographic image of this event was taken by a citizen who happened to be there at that moment. "Janis Krums tweeted a picture he took on his cell phone as he ferried over to help the stranded passengers"("The Best Citizen Journalism Of 2009." Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. Web. 27 July 2011.). Krums later sold his picture to the AP.
This story is an example citizen journalism. Citizen journalism is the idea of the public playing an active role in receiving new information, analyzing it and sending it out to the public. This allows the media to have a wide range of opinions and stories. The internet gives the public a chance to share their own stories and receive new information from different kinds of people. Janis Krums who is part of the general public was able to be the first one to capture and send out a picture of this dramatic event.

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