Topic of the week #11
Citizen Journalism is a new trend that is becoming more popular each day. The term refers to normal day people taking the roles of journalists. For example, someone sees a man stealing a woman’s purse and captures a photo of it with his phone. Then, they upload the picture on Facebook, Twitter, or any other form of social media.
Citizen journalism can take shape in many different forms. It can be a photo, video, blog, comment on a blog, or a podcast.
The growth of technology and social media has equipped the average day citizen with the tools necessary to become a journalist. People often have their phones readily available and so wherever they are, if something is happening of importance, they can record it and share it with the world in a matter of seconds.
A real example of citizen journalism would be when the U.S. Airways plane crashed into the Hudson river. A man named Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida took a picture of the plane and posted it on Twitter with his mobile phone. It was the first photo taken of the accident. Yes, he beat of all the “real” journalists in capturing this moment and sharing it with others. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his picture, he was asked to be interviewed by MSNBC live on TV as a witness.
This is the photo he took with his mobile phone: