Sunday, May 5, 2013

Deconstructing Citizen Journalism

 Week 13  Discussion board

This reading explained how he terms of Citizen Journalist and Citizen Journalism were produced. The article talks about five participant groups and details on what they each did to advance their position. Explains how citizen journalist started by providing publishers with information that they were not available to collect, by being present for example on fires, crushes and floods. Soon enough there were many journalist providing tons of information and is when the competition began. 

Many social media websites emerged and are taking over media by exploding websites with information and acquiring millions and millions of subscribers. After the evolution of mass media 5 groups were formed and are the key participants, 1) the journalist who is the one who puts the information available for the public on social media sites like blogs for example 3) the citizen that accept and read and follow the information 4) academic who research and critique the information provided 5) free speech advocates.

These five key participants also have evolutioned and the discourse was viewed, as well as myths associated with it. The myths discussed here are for example the myth of the Robinson Crusoe citizen, which talks about the idea of the journalist being independent offering an independent “voice of the people”, also debating if the journalist is truly independent or if is working because is his job so therefore, citizens can perceive the information in different ways depending in who is the journalist. Next, The myth of the noble citizen, which talks about how the journalist has been working and now citizens are aware and know the difference between news and opinion. 

The Myth of perfect plurality, which talks about journalism being more representative, or open to ‘everyone voices’, or telling ‘the whole story’. The article also talks about some implications that are related to these myths but in particular to one, the audience. Therefore, the participants were showed and the implications with it, the information provided by the journalist will be assumed in a different point of view depending the group that is receiving and perceiving the information. As citizen journalism has evolved, we still making changes by networking and the web growing, the citizen journalist and journalism in general will continue to evolve.

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