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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 sports, another lifestyle issues, another local politics, etc. More recently, with budget cuts and the changing business model for newspapers, journalists have been forced to become generalists rather than specialists. One publishing company in Colorado owns several community weekly newspapers ... (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 Websites You Might Want to Imitate

Here are three examples of citizen journalism websites you might want to imitate: The first example comes from the UK – a blog called BloodandProperty http://bloodandproperty.blogspot.com/. This blogger was brought to my attention by UK Guardian blogger Dave Hill  who refers to him (or her?) as “a Londoner who is inquisitive, persistent, literate, sane, interested in local issues and very interested in politics.” Hill has added BloodandProperty to his list of Top London Bloggers. One reason Hill listed BloodandProperty was that the blog recently scored an interesting interview ... (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)

'Hungary to Regulate All Media'

The Wall Street Journal online edition shouted the above headline just as 2010 ended. The lead paragraph says the government will regulate all media "directed at or published in Hungary" including "Internet news portals and web-based publications." This hostile act against their own people will leave Hungary weaker, more isolated and their citizens closer to total enslavement. I suppose this is exactly what the ruling class had in mind when it acted so shamefully. My heart goes out to the good people of Hungary who want and need to know what the gilded roosters in the halls of g... (more)