Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Citizen Journalism

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The toxic aroma of despair fell upon Virginia Tech, April 16, 2007, when a gunman opened fired on the university’s campus resulting in thirty-three deaths along with more than a dozen injuries and a permanent wound to the community. Journalist and writer, Lilly Yulianti, posted an article one day after the tragedy identifying a newer form of journalism identified as active citizen reporters. Yuliantis' article, Praise for Student’s Footage of Virginia Tech Mass Killing, received a voice in an online news outlet where writings of new forms are welcomed. Time and incident met and a young man, by the name of Jamal Albarghouti, stepped on the school campus and with instinct noticed a chill in the temperament of the vast province of student life and possessed the instant sensitivity captured in a moment of time that would prove to be a rare form of documentation for the indecent events that occurred. (Rottenburg and Haisty Winchell 262-264) Yulianti supports the student-initiated video taken by Albarghouti, his untrained reporting skills as well as the use of what CNN and other news outlets referred to as a citizen reporter. (Rottenburg and Haisty Winchell 263) No official employment post was awarded to this experienced smart phone user however; CNN quickly recognized, along with a host of other talk show hosts and news stations, the value of welcoming news video from non-professional videographers. Don’t quit your day job in light of this newly developing opportunity; it is

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