TITLE

Citizen-powered journalism fills a void

AUTHOR(S)
Fernando, Angelo
PUB. DATE
January 2008
SOURCE
Communication World;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the advent of citizen journalism and how this new form of hybrid, grassroots, open-source, participatory reporting has left its mark on the business of news. Many "CitJos," as they are called, have been participating in the news for decades, but their input was limited to letters and call-ins. There were technical limitations with regard to the timeliness of citizen input too. However, technology has been a big driver of the adoption of citizen journalism, equipping it well for speed, collaboration and delivery. Without needing to invest in expensive GPS phones or briefcase satellites, CitJos are filing stories via text messages, grainy pictures on camera phones and when necessary, proxy servers to cover their tracks.
ACCESSION #
28139946

 

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