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Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - In the USA and the rest of the free world the debate about citizen journalism surrounds things like accuracy, sourcing, journalistic standards, reliability, consistency, etc. While the discussion about citizen journalism in totalitarian countries like Iran, Myanmar, China and Venezuela is about how to stay out of jail, how to avoid beatings and how to keep from “disappearing.” Canadian Blogger Jeff Jedras is in attendance at the World Blogging Forum in Bucharest, Romania Nov. 9 – 12 and appeared on a panel with bloggers from China, Egypt, Finland and Holland. The following information is gleaned from his report found on GlobalPost.com. Chinese blogger Zhou Shuguang reported that China has 40,000 police that monitor the Internet full-time. They have blocked over 500,000 websites from the people. It’s calle... (more)

Citizen Journalists’ Success Honored by CNN

CNN.com recently announced the winners of its inaugural iReport Awards at the 2011 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. The winners were selected from more than 150,000 iReports submitted to the cable news station in 2010 and represented citizen journalists from around the world. Awards were presented in eight categories:  Breaking News Coverage, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery (Photos or Video), Commentary, Personal Story, Interview, Community Choice and iReport Spirit. The full story posted by CNNPressRoom.Blogs.com is HERE. CNN's commitment to citizen journalis... (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)

Nine Reasons Why Senior Citizens Make Great Citizen Journalists

As promised...here are nine reasons why senior citizens offer the fastest and best immediate answer to the shortfall of citizen journalists - There are many of them - and as the Baby Boomers enter retirement years, there will be many more. They are well educated. Senior citizens went through public schools when public schools still focused largely on the three Rs. Many went to colleges, universities, community colleges or are self-educated. US senior citizens are the most educated generation of seniors in the history of the world. They are under-utilized. Retirement no longer mean... (more)

Citizen Journalists are Passionate about Freedom of the Press

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 a... (more)