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Getting Started on Citizen Journalism September 23, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Convergence, Journalism, Web Video.
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Now that the Web lets us tell important stories to the world, more people should be equipped with the skills and mindsets to put their voices online. Here’s a nifty guide to to help you build the machinery that runs your blogs – the images and words.

The International Journalists’ Network has a new interactive tool, “10 Steps to Citizen Journalism Online.” It also covers safety concerns of blogging and some inspirational examples of citizen journalism from around the world.

It’s a great introduction to blogging issues like open-source reporting and whether to filter comments and attracting and keeping readers. There’s a list of sites will host your blog for free and some other resources on getting started.

The tool addresses the issues that separate bloggers from citizen journalists. If you want to be a citizen journalist, you have to use reliable sources and cover an issue fairly; otherwise, you’re just spouting an opinion.

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