Blogging: A Type of Citizen Journalism?

After hearing the term citizen journalism I had to check out the meaning. To me it  sounded like a journalist putting someone under citizens arrest. (Haha).

Citizen journalism defined however is, the concept of members of the public “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information.”

This concept does not include people who are actually professional journalists but those of us who have an interest in news and our surroundings and feel the need to let everyone else know what’s going on!

I like the fact that with citizen journalism almost anyone can become a reporter.  With the internet and technology the world is at our finger tips and it is so simple to hop online and start a blog or write a post on social networks.

The problem with this is that there is a lot of information that is incorrect because people often do not do research and will just run online and say anything.  Students especially need to be aware when writing papers and conducting research and make sure the information they are getting is from publications that are well known and reliable and not from “Joe Shmo” trying to get some attention and get his opinion out there.



About emilyrreno

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One Response to Blogging: A Type of Citizen Journalism?

  1. briannabalty says:

    This has always been an issue in the journalism world. To be or not to be a citizen journalist, that is the question. It becomes a question as to how close this overlaps with other outlets in writings, such as blogging. Checking the facts, and information is key when keeping these two outlets separate. Having a argument or an opinion with little insight doesn’t necessarily make you a citizen journalist. I agree with you though about how with citizen journalism that anyone can in essence become a reporter.

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