YEAP! Citizen journalism!
I know, I know. It’s not unicorns and cotton candies. So, what is citizen journalism? Put very simply, citizen journalism is when private individuals do essentially what professional reporters do – report information.
BUT!! Journalism is not a mere reflection of a situation or a transmission of information, it requires a level of analysis and expertise that is impossible to encapsulate in 140 characters of a Tweet or a Facebook status update.
What I am trying to say is there is still a difference between the ‘news’ which appears on your social media and networks feed every day, and the news being reported by major organisations around the world, and that boils down to the value added by professional journalism.
Whereas, citizen journalism is sensationalist journalism on steroids. Citizen journalism is doing more or less the exact same thing that traditional journalism has always done, except not as reliably or sustainably, it also misleads people.
Nowwwww. There have been many debates and questions to whether citizen journalism will replace the traditional journalism we’re used to. How true is that??
The lines between journalism and citizen journalism may be blurring, but there are still defining factors which provide clarity to the distinction between professionals and citizens. But it does not mean that journalism, the profession of gathering, analysing and explaining information, will not continue or be entirely replaced by citizen journalism.
In other words, the rise of citizen journalism does not symbolise the death of traditional journalism. What you all can expect to happen is citizen journalism and traditional journalism simply work alongside one another.