So Exactly What is Citizen Journalism?
No question about it! News forms are beginning to change significantly. With
newspaper purchases declining, and the rise of social networks change doesn’t
surprise me. Out of all the new forms of news resources, I’m impressed most by
citizen journalism. Citizen Journalism is exactly what it sounds like, everyday
people like you reporting news. The news can be something as small as a local high
school parade, or something as big as occupy protest.
The vast majority of Citizen Journalist uses the Internet to cover their news
stories. Streaming websites like Ustream allow Citizen Journalist to cover stories
live using their smartphone cameras. Other resources for this news form include
blogs. Websites like WordPress make it easy to create a blog with a very
The occupy movements have led to an increased interest in Citizen Journalism
around the world. Tim Pool, a citizen journalist, is a major contributor to this
rise of interest. Pool broadcasted 21 hours straight, using Ustream during the
raids on Occupy Wall Street. What makes tools like Ustream great for citizen
journalist is that viewers can respond live, and the citizen journalist can give
With more movements like Occupy happening throughout the world, citizen
journalism has great growth potential. The Arab Spring movement had a number of
citizen journalist reporting live coverage of uprisings through tweets. Skeptics
may question the creditability of this news resource. All streamer journalists
follow a code of ethics. This code of ethics includes nine principles, which are
vigilance, honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, respect, integrity,
accountability, and humility.
Citizen journalist can teach us that a person doesn’t need professional training to
broadcast news. Like Courtney Moses, a citizen journalist, a person simply needs a
smartphone, an Internet signal, and battery power. Some people may want to cover
stories in a more sophisticated way. In that case you can be like Tim Pool and
create a drone. Pool’s nickname for the drone is the “Occucopter”. Regardless of
your preference, anyone can do it! Below is Tim Pool in action.