Citizen Journalism

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.



  • “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)

Unhelpful High School Teacher meme

evamariebuchman. (2013). For starters: pros and cons of citizen journalism. [online] Available at: [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: [Accessed 4 Apr. 2016].


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Pamela says:

    Hey, thanks for the informative post.
    I had a similar realisation during the lecture – that we can all share anything online! I think we take this concept for granted and don’t really harness the full potential ability of the internet. I think your meme is great and definitely plays on this idea that anyone can be a ‘journalist’. I think you could work on the word choice to give the meme even more of an impact. Maybe you could word it in the form of a news lead – that way you also incorporate a remix of legacy media within the digital paradigm!


    1. shnicholls says:

      Thank you for your comment I appreciate it.
      I agree with you on the fact I could of made the meme have more of an impact. I shall attenpt to incorperate this in future reference (:
      Thanking you


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