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Curiosity is the lifeblood of a citizen journalist Lots of folks ask us, “What makes a good citizen journalist?” The short answer is passion. But a good citizen journalist needs more than just passion. Six proficiencies that a good citizen journalist needs to develop are: Curiosity. Curiosity is the lifeblood of a good citizen journalist. It’s what keeps the mind alert and the stories coming. The mother of a childhood friend of mine once said, “All you boys do is go around turning over rocks to see what’s beneath them.” She was talking about our insatiable curiosity. A good citizen journalist always turns over rocks, opens closed doors, peeks behind the curtains and wonders, “What is all the commotion about?” 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 attent... (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)

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)

Getting Paid for Our Work

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)

Citizen Journalists Are Back!

New Media on Ulitzer Newspapers were published from the 1500s to the 1900s, not by professional journalists but by citizen journalists. Now, with the worldwide movement of citizen journalism, THE CITIZENS ARE BACK! The idea of citizens writing the news is not a new one. In fact, it is an idea that is as old as the newspaper itself. There were no professional journalists around 50 BC when Julius Caesar, serving as the First Counsel of Rome, ordered scribes to publish the Acta Diurna, a daily report of governmental activities. There were no professional journalists in the early 1400s... (more)