Tag Archive | "citizen journalism"

Lynch mob journalism

A while back the News of the World (RIP) launched a campaign to ‘name and shame’ those child abusers and molesters who come under the collective noun paedophile. Almost inevitably, once the campaign kicked off, a paediatrician was mistaken for the latter by an illiterate person or persons unknown and thus was abused as a consequence. Read the full story

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Guardian launches citizen journalism portal


The Guardian is embracing its open journalism strategy with the introduction of GuardianWitness, a platform that allows users to contribute videos, photos and stories to the newspaper. Read the full story

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Former editor recruiting ‘army of citizen journalists’

A former editor of the Express & Echo is aiming to rival the paper with an “army of citizen journalists”. Read the full story

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Hyperlocal journalism receives charity support

Ten localised media projects are to receive up to £50,000 as part of a project to help develop “the next generation of hyperlocal media services”. Read the full story

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The citizen, an eyewitness to the truth

Citizen journalists are, of course, nothing of the sort. They may well be citizens but rarely, if ever, journalists. Not for them the concentrated studies that led to their first understanding of the craft, or the ever deeper experience of using words and punctuation to convey a truth or at least a version of it. Read the full story

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BBC launching citizen journalism app

The BBC is embracing citizen journalism with the launch of a new smartphone application that allows people to submit stories to the Corporation. Read the full story

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Big Issue embracing citizen journalism with vendors

Big Issue vendors are to be issued smartphones to capture life in their local areas, in the hope that they will learn “a number of key skills” and engage with customers further afield. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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