Citizen journalism changing the structure of traditional reporting?

Traditional, mainstream media is in flux. Just a few years ago no one would have challenged the media’s top-down publishing structure, but the birth of social media and citizen journalism has given a new perspective to the news. Media consultants Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis defined citizen journalism as “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information” with the intention to “provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires.” Now, anyone can become a publisher with cheap, easily available technology. For more information on this article please click here
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3 Responses to Citizen journalism changing the structure of traditional reporting?

  1. sophieghaziri says:

    Do you actually think there is a problem with this? or is it just because people are afraid of where this may lead to? i don’t think citizen journalism will ever be able to question the professionality of qualified journalists.

  2. cje118 says:

    CHRIS: I agree Sophie, and even though it opens new doors in terms of obtaining stories I think qualified journalists still have a place in society. They are specifically trained and will still be seen as the most reliable source by the audience. I think people are afraid of where citizen journalism may lead as it is a recent development. I put this question to a journalist at BBC Somerset.

  3. shristi09 says:

    yeah i agree with you both. Citizen journalism will never be able to replace professional journalists. However, recently citizen journalism has played a vital role in delivering breaking news to the media and its public worldwide. For example Mumbai attack, Hudson plane crash. But though times are changing, no comparison can be made because qualified journalists are trained and like Chris mentioned they are seen as the most reliable source by the audience.

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