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A model for citizen journalism April 6, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Journalism, Social Media.
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Ideally, the best way to participatory media is to marry traditional journalism with its virtues of fact-checking, attribution, non-bias, balance, etc. with the spirit of citizen journalism.

Like anyone starting out, grassroots writers need guidance. Put editors on hand to help amateur writers polish their scripts. This way, grassroots folks can write about anything and work with trained editors to ensure quality content. In fact some news desks have such positions.

True grassroots citizen journalism sites such as iTalkNews and OhmyNews are great for local and community news, and for gathering views. But when it comes to factually correct news reports on national or international topics, users go to branded sites.

True, with breaking news such as the Asian Tsunami and the London bus bombings, you look to grassroots journalism. But not in the longrun. User-generated-content is a work in progress. The challenge for established media is to make their experiment with citizen reporting make money.

Time is running out. More aggregators and portals are moving to catch free flowing blogs, wikis and other social media content into their net to dictate what is newsworthy or not.

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Comments»

1. Todd - April 7, 2007

I’m afraid you’re mistaken. OhmyNews edits heavily all its citizen reporters’ work.

2. khengze - April 7, 2007

It’s a problem with perception perhaps. Branded news sites are still seen as convenors of community interest with more rigorous gatekeeping than collaborative platforms with the spirit of a wiki. When big news break, users turn to established media platforms.

3. Gaurav - April 7, 2007

Citizen journalism is still a catch phrase and an experiment in user generated model of web 2.o world. There are issues which needs to be sorted out.
A low point in citizen journalism

4. khengze - April 7, 2007

Indeed, co-opted too rampantly. Please see my post, “UGC – What’s the Fuss?” https://blogswork.wordpress.com/2007/04/05/65/


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