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Millions of Americans are just getting by. How to defeat the sense of lack and move your life forward. 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...
We may sing "Silent Night", but silence is difficult to come by. Dr. Ross gives four reasons silence is valuable. Isn't everyone's favorite Christmas carol "Silent Night"? When we sing it we always use that soft breathy voice that indicates we understand and enjoy the beauty of silenc...
You will zoom to your zenith when you take full responsibility for your own life. Don't wait for government to offer you a handout or for your rich uncle to die. This is the last of a series of columns originally titled "Prepare for the Boom." When I began the series almost a year ag...
Just because someone uses and iPhone to upload a 48-second video of a drunken city councilman or some idiot going the wrong way down a one-way street does not make him/her a citizen journalist.
Besides mowing lawns and shoveling snow, my very first job as a lad was an Omaha World-Herald newspaper route. I delivered the paper every day to about 40 customers in the south end of Council Bluffs, Iowa. That’s why the headline that Warren Buffett has purchased the OWH attracted my ...
The state of citizen journalism today (focus on the US) and how it got that way. Every movement in history experiences challenges that cause it to morph from the purpose and design of its founders, usually in an effort to stay alive. The incredible world-wide movement of citizen jour...
When a citizen journalist trainer in Malaysia inquired about presenting a copy of our book, “Handbook for Citizen Journalists,” to each person attending their training session, my co-author and I wanted to make it happen. Their event was imminent so shipping the books from the USA to ...
MSNBC news anchor Contessa Brewer is a trained broadcast journalist who has provided both professional and citizen journalists with a lesson on how NOT to conduct an on-air interview. It all happened in a recent live conversation about the debt ceiling debate she had with US Rep. Mo ...
Clark Kent had to avoid Kryptonite or his powers were diminished. Citizen journalists face many power-diminishing forces that hinder their career. Clark Kent, the mild-mannered crime reporter for the Daily Planet who often appeared as Superman, spent his career avoiding kryptonite, t...
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. B...
You might think because of the First Amendment that the press will always be free. Think again. There are those at work today who would like the government to nationalize the news media much like they did the banks and auto industry. They base their ideas on the oft referred to “crisi...
Big Media (BM) set themselves up for a huge disappointment recently with their panting anticipation of the sure ruin of Sarah Palin. They were certain that in the thousands of her newly released e-mails that somewhere, somehow Palin’s imagined incompetence and witlessness would be expo...
The history of citizen journalism is actually the history of journalism itself. Journalism prospered over the last 100 years but is transitioning back into the hands of the people who started it in the first place - citizens - John Doe journalists who, as self-confessed partisans find ...
Three continents - three citizen journalism projects get a big boost in funds and support for training citizen journalists. 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." CLI...
Transitional times in any industry are problematic but the transition going on in journalism is frightening. While the variety of platforms for news writing, news photography and news videography increases, the value of an education in journalism decreases. The Daily Beast posted an ...
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 worl...
Pakistani journalist is certain citizen journalists can make a difference and provides evidence of the same. Sonya Rehman. Ever heard of her? Many in Pakistan have. Sonya Rehman Rehman is a graduate from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a journalist from Lahore,...
CNN enjoyed a boost in their ratings when they used a substantial number of reports from citizen journalists during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Lately CNN's ratings have been in the ditch - often in last place against its cable news rivals. But the ratings shot up when CNN us...
Following "Estate Sale Today" signs brought us into the home of the late US Navy Admiral Ulysses S. Grant Sharp, Jr. It brought us face to face with our own mortality. It was a charming home just a few feet from the waters of San Diego Bay and we could tell right away that those who h...
Old men playing basketball is not a pretty sight unless you can see past the bulges, baldness and bad knees. I know. I’m one of them. The following are 10 observations about life and health made by a basketball wannabee and a very late bloomer! Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at...
You may not have heard of writer Lynn Vincent, but it’s possible you’ve read one or more of her New York Times bestsellers. Millions of people have seen her name on the cover of several bestsellers but probably did not notice. Vincent is a collaborative writer, and you’ll find her nam...
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 Penin...
The following is an excerpt from the introduction of the only book written FOR aspiring and active citizen journalists, “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” My co-author, Susan Carson Cormier, and I believe that as the world changes the need for well-trained, active citizen journalists ...
Reno, Nev. journalists, public relations specialists and concerned citizens have challengee the status quo and changed the way news is chosen and published with their website, www.thisisreno.com. New ideas are born when a few journalists, public relations specialists and concerned cit...
English freelance writer Michael Cosgrove wrote a rather convincing piece in Digital Journal recently titled "The last thing we need is objective political journalism." He proposes that when journalists report political news, they should declare their political opinion and then write ...
There is no difference between a government that controls the media by fiat or the one where the media is a lazy lapdog talebearer. The Wall Street Journal online edition shouted the above headline just as 2010 ended. The lead paragraph says the government will regulate all media "dir...
Technorati released its annual “State of The Blogosphere 2010 Report” that highlights the latest trends in the blogosphere. According to the report that was released Nov. 3, blogging is evolving along with everything else on the Internet landscape.
In a recent post on Journalistics.com, a blog “dedicated to covering all topics at the intersection of public relations and journalism today,” the writer asks, “Do newspapers with the largest circulation also have the most website traffic?”
There are so darn many citizen journalist and pro journalist news websites out there that it’s tough to keep up. Here’s one that appears to be a bit of both that I think you should drop by and check out: www.GroundReport.com. GoundReport was started in 2006 by former UN Security Counc...
As promised…here are nine reasons why senior citizens offer the fastest and best immediate answer to the shortfall of citizen journalists. There are many of them - and as the Baby Boomers enter retirement years, there will be many more. They are well educated. Senior citizens went th...
All the right questions and many interesting answers about the future of journalism.
A recent edition of Editor and Publisher, the oldest journal covering the newspaper industry, reported on a study by the University of Missouri School of Journalism that found that the number of citizen journalists is insufficient to meet the needs of shrinking newsrooms.
The International Press Institute is holding a World Congress in Vienna and Bratislava on September 11-14, 2010. The title of their congress is “Thinking the Unthinkable: Are We Losing the News?” It appears to be yet another hand-wringing event where journalists talk to journalists abo...
Journalism is a totally unregulated profession. It should remain that way, despite the despicable acts of over 400 journalists, columnists, editors, j-school professors and others involved in the JournoList scandal. The dirty little secret about journalism is that you don’t need any s...
Local newspapers are hurting. Though still the major source of news and information for most communities, many locally published newspapers are losing audience and ad revenue. This means they must cut staff – usually reporters – just to stay alive. This provides an aggressive citizen j...
When you write news, you’re supposed to provide your readers, viewers and listeners with useful and reliable information. Have you noticed that the information you get on television, in the newspapers and on websites is not always either useful or reliable? Some of it is biased, some i...
“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.”
There is more than one way for a journalist to conduct an interview for a story. The methods you use, the questions you ask, the attitude you bring to the interview all impact the quality of information you get from your interviewee.
Citizen journalists have the luxury of determining their own news beat. However, to be an expert in any area demands some extra effort so you can interview, research and write at your very best. Three suggestions are made for becoming an expert.
Gerald Celente, well known prognosticator, predicts the increasing impact of citizen journalism because the networks "are already making moves guaranteed to weaken their franchises."