Citizen Journalist on Ulitzer
The American Revolution produced many notable newspapermen who wrote
passionately in support of independence and who injected into their writings
the idea of a free press. Many of their writings helped develop the press
freedoms that were written into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
That is why the United States has been the world leader for press freedom for
well over 200 years. The US press earned the title of the “Fourth Estate”
because it positioned itself as a watchdog over the government.
This privileged press status is unique to the US as most of the world’s
governments are just the opposite: watchdogs of the press. Journalists in
two-thirds of the nations live in fear of censorship, restraint of
publication, closure of press facilities, economic and ethical pressures,
imprisonment and even execution.
According to a study r... (more)
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best
choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become
An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even
available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat
reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving
truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen
on network and cable television news stations.
Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few becom... (more)
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)
The New York Times is losing more than readers these days. The newspaper once
again faces an embarrassing charge of plagiarism by one of its reporters.
According to a recent post on Breitbart.com, the Times has opened an
investigation on a Wall Street and finance reporter who seemed unable to word
his own stories. Zachery Kouwe has been charged with using words virtually
cut and pasted from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and other sources
without attribution. The Wall Street Journal alerted the Times of Kouwe’s
naughty deeds and the intrigue continues. Breitbart’s full column is ... (more)
Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World
Citizen journalism, once the butt of jokes by professional journalists, is
now studied by over 51 major universities around the world. The website
www.academia.edu (who’s researching what?) recently posted a list of major
universities where citizen journalism is being taught, studied or researched
on some level. Here’s the link to their list:
As Catalyst-in-Chief of the National Association of Citizen Journalists,
I’m pleased to see that some J-schools now recognize the role that John an... (more)