Wednesday, April 06, 2005

What is Citizen journalism?

Citizen journalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Citizen journalism, also known as "participatory journalism," is the act of citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information," according to the seminal report We Media: How Audiences are Shaping the Future of News and Information, by Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis. They say, "The intent of this participation is to provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires."


The public journalism movement emerged after the 1988 U.S. presidential election as a countermeasure against eroding trust in the news media and widespread public disillusionment with politics and civic affairs. Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, was one of its earliest proponents. From 1993 to 1997, he directed the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation and housed at NYU. More recently, he runs the PressThink weblog. Former Wichita Eagle editor Davis "Buzz" Merritt steered his newspaper in a public journalism direction and wrote "Public Journalism and Public Life," published in 1995. Academics and others who have written about the topic include Ted Glasser , Philip Meyer & his students , Arthur Charity, Lewis Friedland, Jeff Dvorkin , Leonard Witt , Herbert Gans , and Jan Schaffer.



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