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:
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 of the media.
In our attempt to expand the professionalism of citizen journalists, my
partner, Susan Carson Cormier, and I have recently published “Handbook for
Citizen Journalists.” Aspiring and active citizen journalists will find a
wealth of infor... (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)
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)
Most aspiring citizen journalists I meet have a favorite topic that interests
them and they want to write almost exclusively about that subject. For
instance, a good friend of mine writes solely about hunting and fishing in
Iowa and Nebraska. Another submits articles to his local newspaper about the
activities of his Rotary Club. Another citizen journalist I know submits
articles about green issues and the climate change debate.
All newsrooms at one time structured things that way; they would assign
reporters a certain beat to cover. One would write on business issues,
another s... (more)
Citizen journalism is still being funded and promoted around the world in a
variety of ways. Here are three recent examples!
IN THE UK: Nearly Half-Million Dollars Awarded!
The UK citizen journalism website www.blottr.com was recently awarded a hefty
£250,000 (over $400,000) investment from "the man behind
myvouchercodes.co.uk." CLICK HERE to read the whole story.
IN AFRICA: Five Million Dollars Awarded!
"On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Omidyar Network of Redwood
City, California, announced the award of nearly $5 million in funding to four
media-related groups inv... (more)