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.
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 news continued to lose audience in 2009.
Now that it’s 2010, do you think the network news people have figured out
the answer to this simple question, “Why does our audience continue to
There are several reasons, but one glaring... (more)
Lots of folks ask us, "What makes a good citizen journalist?"
The short answer is passion. But a good a good citizen journalist needs more
than just passion. Six proficiencies that a good citizen journalist needs to
Curiosity. Situational awareness. If you have this quality, it means that at
all times you are aware of what is happening around you. Lots of people
don’t pay any attention to anything other than what is going on in their
tiny world; they can sit through a train wreck or sleep through an earthquake
and not know it ever happened. On the other hand, good... (more)
The headline above is a direct quote from the body of a Monday, Aug. 16,
2010, blog posting by Pixel Creative Group Inc. titled, What now? The
headline is exciting for those who believe the future of journalism may rest
in the hands of well-trained, well-motivated citizen journalists. However,
the first half of the blog is a rather dour report on the increasing decrease
of ad revenue for newspapers and other legacy media outlets.
(The blog does not have a specific author; the byline says it was written by
the Project For Excellence In Journalism http://www.journalism.org/ which i... (more)
Sonya Rehman. Ever heard of her? Many in Pakistan have.
Rehman is a graduate from the Columbia University Graduate School of
Journalism, a journalist from Lahore, Pakistan and a blogger with over
157,000 hits at this writing. http://sonyarehman.wordpress.com/.
You can hear from Rehman in an 11-minute YouTube presentation. She asks, "Can
tangible change take place? Yes it can." And she gives evidence of citizen
journalists who use cell phone cameras to make serious contributions to life
CLICK HERE to view her YouTube presentation and realize her passion.
An on-air cable news reporter said recently, “Send us your photos and
videos of the flood but be careful out there and stay safe.” It was a
worthy warning for citizen journalists who want to get the big story and bust
into the cable news show with an exciting video, image or report.
But putting yourself in danger is only one of several warnings citizen
journalists should heed. Here are ten BAD IDEAS for citizen journalists:
It’s a bad idea to be a photo forger – the manipulation of any digital
image is a big mistake. It is NEVER right to Photoshop someone in or out of a
picture o... (more)