Citizen journal…

Citizen journalism is media that is not manipulated by the outside news organisations that publish the news such as Fairfax; it is completely raw and unedited. The aim of my word press account was to educate and inform about the phenomena of citizen journalism and how it is being enabled by the various social media platforms now available to our globalised society.

Citizen journalism also has the opportunity to be more accurate than mass media. In the John Mayer song “waiting on the world to change” the line “When they own the information, they can bend it all they want” shows that governments and relevant authorities can often only release a small snapshot which may lead to audiences forming opinions that may not be entirely accurate.

Citizen journalism is media that is not manipulated by the outside news organisations that publish the news such as Fairfax; it is completely raw and unedited. Examples of citizen journalism include the recent influx of YouTube videos that cover the recent Wagga Wagga flood.

It is the exact same information that you would get from a nightly news report without the words (it has barely any narration whilst a news report is based more so on the descriptions, which are sometimes over emotionional, than the pictures, maps and videos).

Citizen journalism also has the opportunity to be more accurate than mass media. In the John Mayer clip below the line “When they own the information, they can bend it all they want” shows that governments and relevant authorities can often only release a small snapshot which may lead to audiences forming opinions that may not be entirely accurate.

However on the other side of the argument it could be argued that their creators can also manipulate citizen journalism in order to achieve a predetermined outcome. For example whilst we are led to believe the video about is from the most recent floods it could be from any flood, at any time, anywhere in the world.

Though the aim was achieved as shown through this comment from a loyal commenter Sally-Anne Webster, “I feel that you taught me heaps of good stuff on this topic.”  However the aim of my blog was not exactly the aim of the assignment. The aim of the assignment was to investigate numerous technical topics based on one news idea. I however did one technical topic, in depth, with numerous news ideas. The strengths of my blog were that the reader left with an excellent understanding of the topic of citizen journalism as stated in the comment shown above by Sally-Anne Webster.

From this assignment I learned about the amazing process of blogging, I realised how important it is for authors to get feedback for their work. I began to watch my views grow (to the huge number of 39) with an eager excitement. That people were even bothered enough to click on my links was a really awesome feeling. One tweeter (or as I like to refer to her as ‘my only fan’) wrote, “Loved this! Very Interesting way of looking at things.” Feedback really is important to the lowly citizen journalist.

I also learnt about the different forms of citizen journalism. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all play important roles in the citizen journalism public sphere. I used various media types to demonstrate that while it is less refined citizen journalism can be just as effective as its more refined and published counterpart.

Referencing correctly was an important in my blog, all YouTube videos were appropriately linked to ensure that the reader could find all of the original post’s information and upload dates.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the learning process that was created through the blogs although I will I wish that I done the more correct topic.

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