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“What are you going to do when you grow up?” you ask your kids. Most children don’t have a clue, so they answer with “fireman,” “policeman,” “doctor” or other such highly visible and seemingly exciting occupation.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a child answer, “Journalist! I want to be a journalist!” The idea to be a journalist usually comes a little later as they experience their world and see the vast variety of career choices they actually have. But why be a journalist? Here are four possible motives for being a journalist, and more particularly, a citizen journalist. Motive #1: To earn a living. Anyone who has taken more than a modest look at journalism as a career has found that news reporting is not the way to great wealth. Most journalism jobs start out with very meager salaries, and with the current state of news companies, both broadcast and print, means that ... (more)

Fort Hood Witness Criticized

A Fort Hood soldier by the name of Tearah Moore was inside the hospital where some of the Fort Hood shooting victims of Nov. 5, 2009 were taken. From her position she Tweeted minute-by-minute reports and sent photos as the wounded passed by. Some have criticized her for making the reports. She was disparaged for getting some of her facts wrong and some critics say that she should have either gotten out of the way or set down her cell phone and helped out. Many think she should never have pointed her cell phone camera at the victims and then uploaded the pictures to some website.... (more)

Why I Started the NACJ

Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - The National Association of Citizen Journalists was formed out of a need that I discovered as the publisher of a weekly paper in suburban Denver. For more than a decade, I published a popular, free entertainment weekly tabloid in Douglas County, Colo., that had lots of fun stuff to read and to do and lots of ads, but very little news. In 2001, I started a section in my paper that featured news items concerning local people and events. I sought the help of several active citizens expecting them to provide news for thes... (more)

Citizen Journalists Can Learn From Mainstream Media Mistakes

In the United States, evening television news broadcasts are losing audience. In the spring of 2008 2.5 million viewers switched off the evening news. Statistically, this is only a small percentage of the overall viewing audience; but among those still watching television, the amount of television they watch each day is declining. http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2009/narrative_networktv_audience.php?cat=2&media=6 See this graph by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism: Unfortunately, there is no end in sight for the declining numbers. According to TVByTheNumbers.com, network ... (more)

Citizen Journalism Websites You Might Want to Imitate

Here are three examples of citizen journalism websites you might want to imitate: The first example comes from the UK - a blog called BloodandProperty http://bloodandproperty.blogspot.com/. This blogger was brought to my attention by UK Guardian blogger Dave Hill (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/davehillblog/2010/mar/16/guardian-top-london-bloggers-blood-and-property-hackney)  who refers to him (or her?) as "a Londoner who is inquisitive, persistent, literate, sane, interested in local issues and very interested in politics." Hill has added BloodandProperty to his list of Top Londo... (more)