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A tremendous amount of research, writing and editing has gone into this landmark book for citizen journalists being written by the National Association of Citizen Journalists’ Ron Ross and Susan Cormier. However, the book is not finished. In fact, it is still undergoing some serious rewrites and additions. Briefly, Ross writes from his perspective as a former publisher and hyper-local news website owner in need of citizen journalists. Cormier writes from her 28 years of experience in the media arts, including stints as a broadcast writer, legislative bureau chief, city editor and now citizen journalist. But before the book goes to layout and design, YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED! Please take a look at the outline for the book and then click here to take a survey concerning this product. YOUR INPUT is VALUABLE BEYOND WORDS. We want this book to answer the questions that ci... (more)

Citizen Journalists Can Learn From Mainstream Media Mistakes

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 ... (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)

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)