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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)

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Citizen Journalist?

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 famous. 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 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: http://www.academia.edu/People/Citizen_Journalism. 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 and Jane Doe journalists have in the future o... (more)

Gerald Celente Predicts Increasing Impact of Citizen Journalists

        The Trends Journal® is one of the most credible sources for important trends that shape the future. Written by Gerald Celente, the Trends Journal® shows how global trends will affect your life, how to profit from them and what to do to avoid pitfalls. In a recent edition, Celente made the following statements on the future of television. "The next colossal casualty of the Internet Revolution will be TV/cable networks. Technological innovations already in place will enable enterprising upstarts to gouge out large chunks of market share from daytime, primetime, news... (more)

More Citizen Journalists Needed

A recent edition of Editor and Publisher, the oldest journal covering the newspaper industry, reported on a study by the University of Missouri School of Journalism that found that the number of citizen journalists is insufficient to meet the needs of shrinking newsrooms. Here is the lead paragraph of the story:   Citizen journalism isn’t stepping up sufficiently to fill the “information shortfall” caused by cutbacks in the newsrooms of newspapers and other traditional news organizations, a University of Missouri School of Journalism study finds. To read the full story - CLIC... (more)