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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 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)

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 Journalist’s Car Torched

A citizen journalist for a California weekly newspaper said her car was bombed in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 11, and now she has been asked to move out of her home. Bianca Koch, a resident of Ocean Beach and a freelance reporter who has had articles published in The Peninsula Beacon, said her 1991 BMW convertible's top and interior were completely burned out and the exterior suffered substantial damage. One of Koch's neighbors reported the fire about 5 a.m. to the San Diego Fire Department, which was able to extinguish the blaze within minutes after it began. Fire... (more)

Citizen Journalists Get Big Bucks and 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)

Five Enemies of Small Business Owners

Your business has enemies – and they are not the kind of enemies you often think of such as nasty competitors, government regulations, deteriorating store front, or a suffering economy. Your worst enemies are found right inside your heart and mind and that is where they must be challenged and defeated. Here are five enemies that you as a small business owner must face and conquer to see the kind of success you dream of: Enemy #1: Loss of enthusiasm: Do you remember the enthusiasm with which you began your business? Unfortunately that enthusiasm begins to wane about the same time... (more)