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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. http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2009/narrative_networktv_audience.php?cat=2&media=6 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. http://tvbythenumbers.com/category/ratings/evening-news 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 decline?” There are several reasons, but one glaring... (more)

What Makes a Good Citizen Journalist?

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 develop are: 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 journalism at the local level is expanding rapidly and brimming with innovation

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)

Energized About Citizen Journalism

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 in Pakistan. CLICK HERE to view her YouTube presentation and realize her passion.  http://www... (more)

Ten Really Bad Ideas for Citizen Journalists

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)