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Citizen Journalism Progress Report July 22, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Journalism, News, Trends.

Dan Gilmour, author of the book “We the Media” has a progress report on the state of citizen media. It’s a must-read as we grapple with how the Web is reconfiguring the practice of journalism. Here’s a snapshot:

– There’s growing recognition of why citizen journalism matters.
– Video has become an essential element of citizen media.
– Need to deal with issues of trust, credibility and ethics amid info glut.
– At last, traditional media organizations are getting it.
– Citizen media provoking a backlash against mass amateurization.
– Tools and ideas are now available to make more diverse journalism.
– Disruption in old media economics continues to grow
– Low cost of entry bypasses the need to seek funders of a new idea.
– Journalism is moving from the idea of a Daily Me to a Daily Us.
– Repute and a working model to sort out the good from the bad.
– Need to update media literacy in terms of principles.

Read his report here.



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