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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 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)

Write Your Own Stuff – Another Lesson for Citizen Journalists from the Mainstream Media

The New York Times is losing more than readers these days. The newspaper once again faces an The New York Times - Embarassed Again embarrassing charge of plagiarism by one of its reporters. According to a recent post on www.Breitbart.com, the Times has opened an investigation on a Wall Street and finance reporter who seemed unable to word his own stories. Zachery Kouwe has been charged with using words virtually cut and pasted from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and other sources without attribution. The Wall Street Journal alerted the Times of Kouwe’s naughty deeds and the in... (more)

Why Be a Citizen Journalist?

“What are you going to do when you grow up?” you ask your kids. Most children don’t have a clue, so they answer with “fireman,” “policeman,” “doctor” or other such highly visible and seemingly exciting occupation.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a child answer, “Journalist! I want to be a journalist!” The idea to be a journalist usually comes a little later as they experience their world and see the vast variety of career choices they actually have. But why be a journalist? Here are four possible motives for being a journalist, and more particularly, a citizen journalist. Motive #1... (more)

Don't Be Someone Else, Be Yourself

The important question, "Who am I?" can be answered many ways. When my mother was in her 90s she still referred to my brother and me as her kids. So I am a kid, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a boss, a writer, a speaker, a basketball player, a sinner (though redeemed), a senior, a teacher, and much more. Your list of "I ams" could be longer or shorter depending on how long and how audacious a life you have lived. But your list of "I ams" does not tell the whole story of you. Some of your "I ams" are lies told to you by unkind people. A teacher might have said, "Y... (more)

Citizen Journalists are Passionate about Freedom of the Press

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)