Citizen journalism allows for ordinary people, like you or I to be content producers with no gatekeepers required.
With this in mind, would you be a citizen journalist or are you already?
The internet has allowed a wonderful power shift to occur within this age of information. Content can be watched, read and engaged with from a range of devices. It is no longer a case of restricting yourself to watching the typical six o’clock news on a television but a choice of what, where and who. Speaking for myself, I mostly read my news from Twitter or from online publications. Content made from either @internet_user99 or The New York Times can be equally relevant.
The reliance on citizen journalism is absolute as the public can spread necessary information to each other without forced agenda or financial incentives. Jeff Deutchman, the director of 11/4/08 said “…there is something really interesting about the level of democracy involved in using crowd-sourced footage.” In his film 11/4/08, Deutchman used crowd-sourced footage to justify the documentary’s purpose; to show the direct result of Barack Obama getting elected as the 44th President of the United States.
Deutchman alluded to the fact that filmmaking is no longer as traditional as a “top-down structure where the director is in control” but a form of collaboration with the public, including citizen journalists. Both film-makers and journalists record culture and reflect upon it whilst citizen journalists are figures of culture.
Moral of the story, the internet is the best as it allows for citizen journalism to thrive (and because it’s home to the dankest memes).
- Bulkley. K 2012, ‘The rise of citizen journalism’, The Guardian, <https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/jun/11/rise-of-citizen-journalism> viewed 30 March 2017
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