Citizen Journalism Today

In today’s digital world, user-generated content from ‘citizen journalists’ dominate the daily happenings in such a way that it leaves other traditional means in the dust when it comes to being the first to report an incident. Journalism is basically newsgathering and reporting, the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and disseminating news and information. ‘Citizen Journalism’ is yet another term born out of the latest media trends. New media technology, like social media and media-sharing websites, in addition to the increasing prevalence of cellular telephones, have made citizen journalism more accessible to people worldwide. Recent advances in new media have started to have a profound political impact. Due to the availability of technology, citizens often can report breaking news more quickly than traditional media reporters. When a common citizen takes the task of gathering news and spreading it using the new media, it is citizen journalism. There are various cases where citizen journalism has proved its potential in the past, like, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the 2013 protests in Turkey, the Euromaidan events in Ukraine, Syrian Civil War and the 2014 Ferguson unrest.

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