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You've heard the lecture about America being the most prosperous country in the world, right? Me too, but if that's true (and it is) why is it that so many people struggle to eke out a living? Think about it: If you were to ask ten people at random "do you feel prosperous?" what do you think they would say? Most would say something like, "Are you kidding? I'm barely able to get by.  I survive but I have nothing extra, nothing excessive, just barely enough." Where does this sense of lack come from given we live in the midst of such prosperity? Three possible sources: You follow a bad script, you ignore opportunities and you prepare for nothing. Let's take them one at a time: First, you may be following a bad script. Somewhere, sometime in your life someone gave you a bad script to follow and you did. It might have been a generational script (curse) that says, "Our ki... (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 Studied Around the World

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 an... (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)

Citizen Journalists’ Success Honored by CNN

CNN.com recently announced the winners of its inaugural iReport Awards at the 2011 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. The winners were selected from more than 150,000 iReports submitted to the cable news station in 2010 and represented citizen journalists from around the world. Awards were presented in eight categories:  Breaking News Coverage, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery (Photos or Video), Commentary, Personal Story, Interview, Community Choice and iReport Spirit. The full story posted by CNNPressRoom.Blogs.com is HERE. CNN's commitment to citizen journalis... (more)