Sunday, May 5, 2013

Citizen Journalism Reflection and Response - Part A

A. Watch the link for History of Citizen Jornalist and Context for Contemporary Bloggers  and answer the questions.

Citizen Journalism Reflection and Response

  1. The video first start by different people describing what Citizen Journalism is to them. It caught my attention one person who mentioned that “you don’t need to go to college to be a citizen journalist, just be in front of a search box”, that was very well said and I agree with his comment. Another person described Citizen Journalism as being “journalism done by non journalist”, I think that by not having the education needed to be a journalist probably will not give us the same pay, but I think the material provided will be the same. The video is a documentary that was done to show different opinions of what citizen journalism is, and also talk about how journalism has change with technology by starting only with newspapers for example the newspaper who reached people houses and was read by people during breakfast to now days people being able to see the same information and obtain information in the computer from any place that is convenient for them. Another person started creating a blog and he started to network with journalist and explaining to them that it would be more beneficial if he created a video blog and that way he was going to be able to be more specific and people will be able to see who he really was following his blog, and he did create a blog and people like it.
  1. Blogging and citizenship journalism are connected because by a person having a blog and giving information to be viewed by citizens or having a public, they are participating by being citizen journalist.  They both reproduce information, the blogs being more personalized to different communities being more specific and I think that is why citizens like that more. The blog that I follow this semester, Immigration Impact, has helped me realize that there is many people in this country that it has no support not just from the government, but from the rest of the citizens. By reading their weekly topics and following their blog, I decided to do my research on DREAM Act which was the topic that caught my attention and I begin to write and research that topic. I created a blog about the same topic to provide information about the DREAM Act and let other people know what is available to them and how to get more information about how their path for citizenship. I have learned a lot with the blog myself because by having the blog and express myself I c can help others.
  1. The distinction between a focus on news and a focus on community in citizen journalism. By being a citizen journalist, people raises concerns that are related to the community we live in, it can be narrow or can be broad. Narrow if talking about for example on a problem concerning the city and can be broad if the issue concerns the whole country. In this case the news could be a national interest and community in citizen journalism can be problems that affect the community we live in. Journalist in general would focus on news, general news that many time citizens are not interested in. In the other hand, citizen journalism would raise topics of concern to other citizens in the community.  That relates to my research because DREAM Act even though it is of national concern, it is important for the community we live in, we live in a border town therefore,  important for the people in this community, for the same reason it relates to my research and advocacy for the DREAM act in this border town community.

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