In this day and age everybody is online and something that I thought I knew but realised I did not really take much notice of is that the internet enables the people who were once a passive audience to actually become active and share, participate and discuss their own opinions mainly through social media about what is going on in the world.
In the lecture of BCM112 we were shown a clip of a drone flying over a clash between protesters and police and were asked if we thought this was journalism, I say yes.
People are now able to post and share online things that they have been witness to before actual journalists are able to get to the scene and report, also known as citizen journalism.
pros and cons of this are.
- “It provides the community with a different perspective, from one of their own who lives and breathes what happens there every single day.
- Helps to get local citizens more engaged in the issues affecting their lives.
- For activism.
- It makes possible the coverage of events that the mainstream media might otherwise miss.”
- “Citizen journalists have no formal training in reporting. There are several risks to consider, including factual inaccuracies and a lack of impartiality (to name a few!)
- Citizen reporters don’t have any ethics training in how to handle certain situations that may arise.
- How exactly do we define news? There’s a big discrepancy in this, as everyone has their own idea of what is considered important.”
evamariebuchman. (2013). For starters: pros and cons of citizen journalism. [online] Available at: https://ebuchman5.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/for-starters-pros-and-cons-of-citizen-journalism/comment-page-1/ [Accessed 4 Apr. 2016].
Make a Meme. (2016). You can do it and so can you. Citizen journalism, it’s for everybody. – Unhelpful High School Teacher | Make a Meme. [online] Available at: https://makeameme.org/meme/you-can-do-o0h3ov [Accessed 4 Apr. 2016].