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A tremendous amount of research, writing and editing has gone into this landmark book for citizen journalists being written by the National Association of Citizen Journalists’ Ron Ross and Susan Cormier. However, the book is not finished. In fact, it is still undergoing some serious rewrites and additions. Briefly, Ross writes from his perspective as a former publisher and hyper-local news website owner in need of citizen journalists. Cormier writes from her 28 years of experience in the media arts, including stints as a broadcast writer, legislative bureau chief, city editor and now citizen journalist. But before the book goes to layout and design, YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED! Please take a look at the outline for the book and then click here to take a survey concerning this product. YOUR INPUT is VALUABLE BEYOND WORDS. We want this book to answer the questions that ci... (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)

Citizen Journalists Often Suffer

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... (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)

Write Your Own Stuff – Another Lesson for Citizen Journalists from the Mainstream Media

The New York Times is losing more than readers these days. The newspaper once again faces an The New York Times - Embarassed Again embarrassing charge of plagiarism by one of its reporters. According to a recent post on www.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 in... (more)