Everyone is a journalist?

This weeks talk was based around the fact that the once passive consumers of legacy (old) media are becoming active producers of content between themselves, through the “newly” developed social sphere. These social spheres allow for more decentralised discussions which have a many to many circulation rather than one to many source.

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Citizen journalism is defined by the oxford dictionary as “the collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet”. Often the simplest form of citizens journalism is undetected by its producers, acts such as sharing posts, thoughts and “witness” footage of events on social medias like Facebook, Instagram and predominantly Twitter makes you an unofficial “journalist”. Contrary to these accidental citizen journalists are those who participate in websites such as “4chan” one of the more well known citizen journalist websites which aim to spread confidential information, with voluntary citizen journalists and their evidence so to say.

However, the real question is, can unauthorised and unedited public occurrences really be classified as journalism?

 

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