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What is Citizen Journalism?

Are you a citizen journalist?

Every Triond member is in one way or another, a citizen journalist.  Each of us reports information as we have either observed it, or learned it.  Mark Glasser acknowledges that modern technology and widespread use of the internet allows individuals, without training in the field of professional journalism, to check facts and report their findings to a growing global audience.

Increased use of digital media has exponentially increased the published content by citizen journalists, where the content is captured on blogs, social networking websites and content websites like Triond.com, ExpertsColumn.com, Helium.com and Wikinut.com – to name just a few.

Glasser also highlights the problems with the term “citizen journalist”, indicating disapproval from professional journalists who have had to undergo a rigorous study of media and professional ethics, laws as they pertain to the field.  In addition, the term implies that professional journalists are not citizens of the United States.  But then, what would individuals like me label themselves, I am neither a US citizen, nor a professional journalist, yet I write in the hope that one day I can make a living from recording the information I choose to validate or ridicule, as the situation demands.

Whatever our title may be, our voice is valid, important, and readers are interested in what we have to say.

You can read Glasser’s informative article,  which is loaded with other resources on the topic here:  Your Guide to Citizen Journalism    

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