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 become as renowned as
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two reporters from The Washington Post
who broke the story of the Watergate break-ins in the 1970s. Their front-page
articles were responsible for forcing President Richard Nixon to resign.
But what other famous journalists can you name? Th... (more)
One way to get your message out is to post comments on blogs and news
articles that discuss the subjects you are most interested in. I do that all
the time. My blogging and commenting is very narrow. All I read or write
about is citizen journalism. That’s about all I’ve been doing for the
last two years.
In my postings and comments, I always mention the National Association of
Citizen Journalists and the book I co-authored, “Handbook for Citizen
Journalists.” I do that because active and aspiring citizen journalists
need to be aware of the high quality of training tools that we... (more)
Five Kinds of News Stories for Citizen Journalists
“I want to be a reporter, but I don’t know what to write about!” was
the comment from a young lady in an audience I spoke to recently. Her dilemma
prompted me to start work on my next book tentatively titled, “1001 News
Story Ideas for Citizen Journalists.”
Though the project has only begun, I do have a preliminary outline for the
book. I got the outline from a 1978 magazine article by Paul Swensson
reprinted in an old book* I picked up at a used bookstore recently. Swensson
was a former newspaperman, journalism professor and new... (more)
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)
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)