When we care really intensely . . .we can assemble in networks of peers and then draw attention to unreported information. As when, in 2003, documents posted by concerned "netizens" ultimately forced the makers of Diebold voting machines to change some of their practices. Or in 2009, when protestors in post-election Tehran captured the world's attention by posting cell phone images and video of a young woman's death in the street.
Citizen journalism is the concept of public citizens playing an active role in reporting news and information. New media technologies that allow citizens to post and share media such as videos has fostered the growth of citizen journalism in the 21st century. The idea is that everyone who can publish electronically is a journalist.
Additionally, the prominence of technology often allows citizens to break news more quickly than traditional news reporters.
Both the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement have included extensive citizen journalism.
Supporters of citizen journalism suggest that people without journalism training can use modern technology tools to create and fact-check media, enabling a more vibrant press and more informed and engaged citizenry.
Critics however claim that the quality of citizen journalism doesn’t meet the standards of professional journalism and is too subjective.
What do you think? Do citizen journalists help to improve the media or do they hurt the media’s credibility?
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