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A recent edition of Editor and Publisher, the oldest journal covering the newspaper industry, reported on a study by the University of Missouri School of Journalism that found that the number of citizen journalists is insufficient to meet the needs of shrinking newsrooms. Here is the lead paragraph of the story:   Citizen journalism isn’t stepping up sufficiently to fill the “information shortfall” caused by cutbacks in the newsrooms of newspapers and other traditional news organizations, a University of Missouri School of Journalism study finds. To read the full story - CLICK HERE.   Why are there too few citizen journalists? I can think of at least five reasons:   1.        It is a new movement. Everything about citizen journalism is experimental, entrepreneurial or totally new-fangled. Because it is new, it has no tradition, organization or universally acce... (more)

Citizen Journalist Alert: Beware the Kryptonite

Clark Kent, the mild-mannered crime reporter for the Daily Planet who often appeared as Superman, spent his career avoiding kryptonite, the radio-active element from Superman's home planet, Krypton. Even the slightest exposure to kryptonite would drain Superman of his strength and leave him as vulnerable as any normal human being. If you want to be a super citizen journalist and "leap tall buildings with a single bound" in your career, you too must beware of kryptonite. In your career as a citizen journalist, kryptonite can come in many dangerous and nearly invisible forms. Bew... (more)

Journalist Core Value: Accountability to the Public

Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - At the National Association of Citizen Journalists we believe all journalists should live and work by certain core values. We have 15 Core Values that we promote at the NACJ. The following is Core Value #4 – Accountability to the Public: A citizen journalist’s highest obligation is to the public he or she serves. He is answerable for the truth, fairness and usefulness of whatever he writes. The Hearst Newspapers’ Statement of Professional Principles says it well: “We place our readers’ interests above all others and de... (more)

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Citizen Journalist?

Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become famous. An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen on network and cable television news stations. Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few becom... (more)

Citizen Journalists Have Global Platform for Video News Reports

If you’re a photojournalist or a citizen journalist activist like me, you’ll find it a most interesting website. Have you been to yet? Be sure you have lots of time, because you can get lost for a couple of hours watching fascinating footage from around the world. MaYoMo is short for Map Your Moments. It is a video-centric social network for citizen photojournalists and multimedia news content providers from all around the world.  MaYoMo was one of the first news sources to provide raw video footage of the Haiti earthquake and is increasingly becoming a credib... (more)