Citizen journalism seems to be the talk of the town in current society as it becomes one of the hottest talked about topics to be implemented into news businesses, as it continues to emerge throughout the current media. The continual debate throughout the news.. Is citizen journalism essential going to be proven to be a future profitability for news companies?
I found this quite an interesting debate of discussion. As i begun to research further into the debate It was revealed that news companies have been predominantly confused and quite skeptical about the concept. Each company seemed to be enthusiastic about the idea of experimenting with this emerging idea but had fears of it not successfully projecting throughout the media.
Is there any difference between journalism and citizen journalism?
Although there are multiple opinions and definitions on “citizen journalism,” to be defined simply, Is the private reporting of information, just like professional media reporters; except it is predominantly carried out online. This allows the report to be broadcasted across many mediums, furthering the expansion across the media platforms, such as podcasts. Unlike professional journalists, citizen journalists are more “free-willed,” signifying less limitations but consequently could result in not being paid for their work. This has been an issue that has emerged only in the recent years as it has been shown, at the time of creation of citizen journalism in the early 2000’s, was hailed to be the next ‘big thing,’ allowing information gathering to be of a more democratic process for reporters. Due to the inaccuracy of some journalists, citizen journalists have more recently been flogged from the reporting of certain events such as the Superstorm Sandy overseas. As some citizen journalists don’t get paid for their efforts its proven to be clear that they aren’t going to be expected to be giving a larger and more detailed input into their gathering their information.
Is there a future for citizen journalism? Will it thrive or die?
It has a seemingly controversial view on the future for citizen journalism. Due to the reasons such as the issues stated above, reporting without pay and inaccuracy of articles unveils currently that the future ahead has come to a standstill. The article i have attached below further reveals commonly asked questions regarding what appears to be ahead for citizen journalism.
An interview with Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins, reveals to audiences that “Citizen journalists need to be obsessive but not crazy.” Higgins works with eight other volunteers to strive to effectively achieve a career in citizen journalism. He states to be “helping other people doing that work to get recognition,” he said, and to be giving them “room to make their own names.”
I guess for now we will just have to wait and see what the future holds..