Final Project: Citizen Journalism – Myojung Chung

In traditional offline mass media, the processes of selecting information, framing messages, and shaping public opinion have generally been the domain of professional journalists.

However, With the rise of the internet, user contribution to the news content has ushered in a new era for citizen journalism. More recently, the exponential growth of social media has accelerated the boundary erosion between producers and consumers of news content.

Citizen Journalism continues to evolve into a major news trend. For instance, citizen journalism has played a crucial role in delivering breaking news. Here are some examples.

The role of citizen journalism has also been highlighted during protests and democratic movements around the world.

The boost to citizen journalism is closely related to a decline in confidence and trust in traditional journalism. According to a survey by Pew Research Center in 2012, Americans who rely on traditional media (i.e. television, radio, newspaper) for news has been continuously decreased since 1991. On the contrary, online information and digital news have emerged as major sources of news.

Similarly, a Gallup poll in September 2012 reported that only about 40% American adults reported to have confidence in traditional media sources such as television, newspapers, and radio while about 60% did not have much confidence in these.

Trust in Television | Create infographics

In sum, citizen journalism has been becoming the alternative people are turning to for news, views, and current affairs updates. Yet, there remain important questions of editorial responsibility and liability, and they are not so easy to resolve. But citizen journalism continues to improve. With added values such as accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, truthfulness, transparency, reliability, ethical standards and protection of sources, citizen journalism has a bright future.

Sources
Independent Media Center (https://www.indymedia.org/or/index.shtml)
Gallup (www.gallup.com)
Pew Research Center
(http://www.people-press.org/2012/09/27/in-changing-news-landscape-even-television-is-vulnerable/)

** This post was also published at mchung02.expressions.syr.edu

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