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"Everybody is a journalist now".

This phrase has been repeated so many times that it's become a cliché, but that's not to say that a consensus has been reached about what it really means for the news industry. How should news organisations approach material from citizen journalists? Should lines be drawn between professional and citizen media? How can the work of citizen journalists be effectively verified?

These were some of the questions raised at the session titled "Professional and "Citizen" Journalism Working Together after WikiLeaks" at the UNESCO conference on The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World, where several panellists suggested that collaboration between citizen and professional reporters was best model.

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Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-20 10:23

by Mathew Ingram

We've written many times about how journalism is changing in the age of social media, thanks to what Om has called the "democracy of distribution" provided by tools like Twitter -- and how everyone now has the opportunity to function as a journalist, even for a short time, during news events like the attack on Osama bin Laden's compound. A new study of the way information flowed during the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year paints a fascinating picture of how what some call "news as a process" works, and the roles bloggers, mainstream media and other actors play during a breaking news event. More than anything, it's a portrait of what the news looks like now.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-22 17:24

By Tom Grubisich

Citizen journalism has propelled hundreds of hyperlocal news sites into existence. In the middle of the last decade, CitJ, particularly at the community level, was the hot topic in new media. Journalism's thinkers saw it as a necessary and overdue reinvention of news (see Dan Gillmor, Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis, among others). So how is it actually playing out today -- on the ground? To find out, I asked publishers and editors who have been part of the hyperlocal phenomenon:

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-11-03 09:15

The LJ World in Lawrence, Kan., has long been a fount of innovation in local digital journalism -- especially in how to build and foster more and deeper community connections. Jane Stevens, the site's director of media strategies, is herself a nonstop innovator. In 2010, she and her team launched LJ World's WellCommons, a highly interactive site where "community and journalism work together to create a healthier Lawrence and Douglas County," in the northeast corner of the Sunflower State between Topeka, the capital, and Kansas City.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-07-11 10:47

The Huffington Post's most touted citizen journalist, Mayhill Fowler, has quit the Huffington Post, according to a blog posted on Washington Post. She is known for scooping the pros twice during the 2008 presidential campaign, recording Bill Clinton's tirade against Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum and quoting Barack Obama saying working class voters "cling to guns or religion."

Fowler took to her own blog to explain why she quit: "I want to be paid for my time and effort - or at a minimum, to get a little remuneration in return for the money I spend myself in order to do original reportage. I would not expect to be paid for punditry. The Huffington Post business model is to provide a platform for 6,000 opinionators to hold forth. Point of view is cheap. I would never expect to be paid there when the other 5,999 are not. However, the journalism pieces I have done in the past year seem to me as good as anything HuffPost's paid reporters Sam Stein and Ryan Grim produce. Why do they get money, and I do not? I don't recall either of them writing the story about Barack Obama waxing large on "clinging to guns and religion," which seems more and more as time goes by to be the one big story out of the last presidential election to live on. Or at least it is the one that journalists and pundits are quoting regularly now."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-28 19:44

The New York Times yesterday launched The Local East Village, a hyper-local news blog written in collaboration with the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, Editor & Publisher reported.

The site will cover New York City's East Village neighborhood, which has 70,000 residents and extends from 14th Street to Houston Street and between Broadway and the East River, NYULocal.com explained.

"The Local East Village gives us another opportunity to explore ways to provide quality online journalism to communities here and across the country," deputy metro editor of The New York times Mary Ann Giordano said in a statement released by the University.

Richard G. Jones, a professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and former reporter of The New York Times, will act a The Local East Village editor while NYU students enrolled in The Hyperlocal Newsroom course will maintain the blog.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-09-14 19:30

Considering the growing demand for sports news in Russia and globally, Russian news agency RIA Novosti plans to launch its sports arm in October, Journalism.co.uk reported Friday.

The agency will offer multimedia sports content, and will be headed by Dmitry Tugarin, former adviser to the chief of the Russian federal agency for sport and physical education.

Meanwhile, the news agency also announced a project in which it awards readers, to encourage user-generated content on its recently launched Citizenship Journalism website, "You're a reporter," Journalism.co.uk reported last week. Readers can contribute to the news site through SMS, e-mail or by uploading content with tools available on the website.

According to the scheme, readers will be rewarded with basic points for submitting different types of content that include news tips, images and videos, according to Journalism.co.uk. Depending on the quality of content submitted and considering its performance on generating traffic and maximum page views, readers will be rewarded with points, which can be swapped for prizes.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-06 15:23

Citizen journalism is not filling the existing information gap caused by cutbacks in traditional media newsrooms, a study conducted by the University of Missouri's School of Journalism revealed, according to Editor & Publisher.

"While many of the blogs and citizen journalism sites have done very interesting and positive things, they are not even close to providing the level of coverage that even financially stressed news organizations do today," Margaret Duffy, associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, said in a press release.

These alternative news sites do not have enough staff to cover stories in depth and they lack the financial resources to make their websites viable in the long run, Duffy said.

The study, which analysed the top 60 citizen journalism websites and blogs in the United States, was also conducted by researchers from Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina. The researchers took into consideration readers participation, how often the sites published stories and if the frequency of story updates.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-07-12 19:55

California Watch has launched a new Web site that focuses on enabling readers to learn more and take action on the investigations its team pursues. The new site includes investigative stories by journalists from California Watch, which is a non-profit investigative news project of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), and a blog related to the beats that its reporters cover.

It also has databases and research centres that readers can access directly, with information such as campaign finance records, crime statistics, school attendance rates, and environmental clean up sites. For example, reports submitted to the U.S. government by recipients of the stimulus funds are available for searching on the site. There are also sections with contact information for public officials, advice on accessing public records and insights from reporters on the news gathering process.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-01-06 16:29

Independent Newspapers Inc., based in Eastern Michigan, will begin a citizen journalism programme for residents of Macomb County, Editor & Publisher reported Wednesday.

The Press has begun to receive regular contributions from citizens. At present, the group is fielding e-mails from interested citizens with the opportunity available to work on one of the Independent's publications including The Macomb Daily, and weeklies The Voice, The Armada Times, and the Advisor & Source Newspapers.

"They wanted to replicate some of the things they'd done at The Oakland Press (Journal Register daily based in Pontiac, Michigan), which has a really thriving citizen journalism program," Jeff Payne, editor at New Baltimore weekly paper The Voice, told E&P.

The contributing citizens selected will receive one day of training in late August or early September and will then be paired with a staff member.

"I really don't care if one person or 10 people get involved - if it improves our local news content, and means greater involvement with the community, it will be a success," Payne said, according to E&P.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-29 15:02

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