Citizen Journalism

1587 Words Jul 13th, 2018 7 Pages
Joan Cornell notes that the Internet democratizes the journalism which was in the hand of the few people (2003). The Internet makes the public access to information; at the same time, it creates the public to be journalists, opening blogs to put something new around on the Internet. Many news websites like The Guardian, the Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC allows some personification. The journalism nowadays is facing challenges not only from media and technology convergence, but also from audience they serve (Bowman and Willis 2003). For example, in MSNBC’s my MSN part, one can post news by yourself. While the audience are participating in the process of journalism with the aid of the Internet, it cannot be neglected by mainstream media. …show more content…
No matter what the result is, Media Matters makes its effort to make the public access to more information. The public get the rid of being directed or being “controlled” by traditional mainstream media. The long established trust that audience give to the traditional media has been broken, leading the audience to get the rid of being passively receivers (Bowman and Willis 2003).
Citizen journalism challenges the traditional statue of mainstream media, providing the public alternative access to more information. This gives the public the choice to select news and to become active news receivers.

The involvement of citizen journalism not only democratizes the media industry, but it serves as “a new added intermediary” rather than “ultimate authority” to connect audience and information access (Bowman and Willis 2003: 49). A new relationship between journalists and audience has been created, with “comment” as a link following the article. For example, Deborah Hobson (2011) in OMNI posted a piece of news article originated from the, “UK citizen journalism site exposes hypocrisy of British media over Libya bombings”. Four readers left long comments to this article. Whether agree or disagree with the opinion the article represents, these readers all provide reasons to support their opinions, which have changed the stereotype thoughts about readers who just passively
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