Let us all be journos

Consumers are no longer just taking in information, they are now becoming producers and creating content.

Considering that society seems to be consistently attached to their phones majority, if not all mobile devices are equip with cameras that are capable of recording particular events and issues. This can range from a problem arising in a local town to a natural disaster over the other side of the world.

Which is then publicly published on a domain for everyone to see whether the facts are right or wrong. The most popular and first to go to platforms tend to be social media which, as we all know catches on like a wild fire.

The issue surrounding citizen journalism is whether it can be trusted or not, considering anyone and everyone can create a story now it raises the question as to whether or not it is liable. A prime example here is the rumour of Steve Jobs major heart attack.

Citizen journalism is a great way to get stories out in the open but can we really believe and trust what is written?

Anon, (2016). [online] Available at: http://techcrunch.com/2008/10/03/citizen-journalist-hits-apple-stock-with-false-steve-jobs-heart-attack-rumour/ [Accessed 8 May 2016].

Imgflip.com. (2016). Meme Generator – Imgflip. [online] Available at: https://imgflip.com/memegenerator [Accessed 8 May 2016].


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi shnicholls,
    It’s nice to see you sharing the same opinion as me. As a student majoring in journalism, the first lesson taught by my teacher is to be objective and do not involve personal emotion in your report. We should report facts, not opinions. However, citizen journalism usually involves too much opinions and too much emotion like anger, excitement, and sorrow, hence it’s inadequate to be trusted.
    Here is a link to some of the ideas that I referred to: Citizen Journalism: Can We Trust it? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-alderman/citizen-journalism-can-we_b_97286.html
    I hope it could somewhat help.

    Until next time,


  2. Loved the meme! this was a very insightful post. I particularly enjoyed the way you dressed if citizen journalism can actually be trusted or not. Exploring back to last weeks topic about remixing made me realise how easy it actually is to alter original content. I don’t think you needed to seperate your blog into so many paragraph’s its got me a little confused but overall great read 🙂


  3. nc962 says:

    I really like your meme and your stance on the subject is interesting to read. An example of this that you could include is the Kony 2012 Campaign as it is fairly relevant to your post. Your example of phones as a means of capturing news is relevant but there are also many other devices such as dash cams that you could mention to further enhance you post. Enjoyable read 🙂


  4. edenfitz says:

    I found your blog to be a really accurate representation of this weeks topics, and your meme is great! I think your point about how anyone can post anything, regardless of its accuracy, is extremely true and in some circumstances can have vastly negative affects. I think that providing a link or further information in regards to the Steve Jobs rumour that you mentioned would really support your statements in your blog! Alternatively, you could reference a story where the internet really stuffed up through ignorance. For example, in this article http://gawker.com/how-4chan-trolled-two-of-its-friends-by-framing-them-fo-1734265649 it discusses how an individual was wrongly accused of being responsible for the Oregon mass shooting that happened last year, and how immediately the internet (mainly in the form of Twitter) spread this rumour without second guessing its correctness. I think that this article perfectly supports your argument that we cannot always trust what is written online!


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