Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - The National Association of Citizen
Journalists was formed out of a need that I discovered as the publisher of a
weekly paper in suburban Denver.
For more than a decade, I published a popular, free entertainment weekly
tabloid in Douglas County, Colo., that had lots of fun stuff to read and to
do and lots of ads, but very little news.
In 2001, I started a section in my paper that featured news items concerning
local people and events. I sought the help of several active citizens
expecting them to provide news for these pages. Many that I talked to thought
it was a great idea and promised they would send me news.
No one did – well, almost no one. Most of the news in the section came from
two or three public information officers bought and paid for by the offices
they were serving. The rest of it I gleaned ... (more)
If you’re a photojournalist or a citizen journalist activist like me,
you’ll find it a most interesting website.
Have you been to http://www.mayomo.com/ yet?
Be sure you have lots of time, because you can get lost for a couple of hours
watching fascinating footage from around the world.
MaYoMo is short for Map Your Moments. It is a video-centric social network
for citizen photojournalists and multimedia news content providers from all
around the world.
MaYoMo was one of the first news sources to provide raw video footage of the
Haiti earthquake and is increasingly becoming a credib... (more)
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
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)
Most aspiring citizen journalists I meet have a favorite topic that interests
them and they want to write almost exclusively about that subject. For
instance, a good friend of mine writes solely about hunting and fishing in
Iowa and Nebraska. Another submits articles to his local newspaper about the
activities of his Rotary Club. Another citizen journalist I know submits
articles about green issues and the climate change debate.
All newsrooms at one time structured things that way; they would assign
reporters a certain beat to cover. One would write on business issues,
another s... (more)
Five Kinds of News Stories for Citizen Journalists
“I want to be a reporter, but I don’t know what to write about!” was
the comment from a young lady in an audience I spoke to recently. Her dilemma
prompted me to start work on my next book tentatively titled, “1001 News
Story Ideas for Citizen Journalists.”
Though the project has only begun, I do have a preliminary outline for the
book. I got the outline from a 1978 magazine article by Paul Swensson
reprinted in an old book* I picked up at a used bookstore recently. Swensson
was a former newspaperman, journalism professor and new... (more)