Newspapers and media companies are beginning to experiment with citizen journalism
, and these new sites might inspire or challenge them to experiment further.
Dan Gillmor, a former columnist at the San Jose Mercury News and author of a book on grassroots journalism called We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People, sees a number of converging factors pushing citizen journalism
As shown in Figure 1, both professional and citizen journalism
can be understood as journalistic practices in the public sphere or the journalistic field that lie at the intersection between the lifeworld and system.
All told, Media Events in Web 2.0 China's systematic analysis of recent and representative media events, including the shanzhai gala and citizen journalism
in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, provides a fascinating insight into how the Internet has transformed the political and cultural spheres in China.
Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation Co-Founder Rashida Dohad, gave the keynote speech, stressing the need for solutions that enable citizens and marginalised groups to add their voices and enjoy the full potential of technology.The panel discussion focused on the existing trends of citizen journalism
and the impact of social media campaigning.
The concept 'Citizen Journalism
' is based on public citizens who are non-professional journalists without regard to age and gender and they produce news for public interest including either text, pictures, audio or video.
Belair-Gagnon said the rise of citizen journalism
is not necessarily negative for the mainstream media.
The author acknowledges the radical change brought by the development of media technology and notes the negative influences of new media forms, such as citizen journalism
, despite there being a widespread notion that new media is positive and empowers the masses.
So, (Citizen Journalism
) is a voice for the voiceless, and presents a chance for every citizen to speak out," Dennis explained.
, in other words, citizens playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing, and disseminating news and information, is the new concept of journalism.
Citizen Puppet sticks a wooden finger in the eye of everything from citizen journalism
and Britain's post-Diana tendency towards public grief, to gap year teenagers and feckless clergymen.
Although this model of citizen journalism
has relatively long history in developed Western societies, its wide adoption is still simmering in Central Asia.