February the 17th –
Introduction to participatory journalism.
In the past, the news were organized in a way in which the editors, the journalists brought the information to the public. It worked as a sort of an arrow; the news’ writers were placed aboved the general public.
In a totally opposite way, nowadays, the editors take the sources of their news from the public, it is called the citizen journalism. The public is giving it opinion, posting his opinion and basically creating the information via their stories posted on Internet. Anybody can be part of the media industry now.
We are now able to choose which news we are following, watching or listening. It is different as it used to be in the past, as the news were only displayed on a very few newspapers, and the amount of stories were then limited.
The citizen journalism now play a major role in the industry of news, the editors now collect most of their story ideas, via individuals on websites, such as Twitter. Indeed, this displays the news in the all world with an incredible speed time. Being in London, you can now 5 seconds after it happened that there has been a murder in Alaska, for instance. This is the magic of Internet.
As an example, we now can observe on the news displayed on TV that a lot of the videos they use are recorded by non-journalists. It can be understood because the events are not always prevented and only the persons on the place at the time of the specific event are able to record what’s going on. It doesn’t make them journalists but place them at the top of the news scale.
Citizen journalism had many advantages for the quality of journalism. Indeed, it improves the speed and the different point of views.
On the flip side, is corporate journalism.