Tiana Holding

You Can Be a Journalist Too!

Posted on: November 5, 2011

Back in the olden days, if you wanted to be a journalist, you had be hired by a newspaper company as a writer, but nowadays, anyone can be a journalist. There is so much journalistic freedom in these days that if you want to be a journalist, it’s as simple as signing up for your own blog. This blogging type of journalism is called Citizen Journalism.

What is citizen journalism you may ask? Well, citizen journalism is the concept of the public playing an active roll in collecting, reporting and analyzing news. So really, even posting a picture of current happenings onto a social media website and explaining what it is going on could be considered citizen journalism. As long as it is relevant to the general public.

There are 2 types of citizen journalism: Semi – Independent Citizen Journalism and Independent Citizen Journalism.

Semi – Independent Citizen Journalism is when someone is contributing, in one form or another, to an existing professional news site. Including readers posting comments alongside stories by professional reporters, readers adding their own information to professional stories, and readers actively working with professional reporters to put together a story.

Independent Citizen Journalism involves citizen journalists working completely independent of traditional, professional news outlets. For example: blogs and individual websites.

Citizen journalism is such a common thing in the world we live in today. It is something of a norm in our time period. We see something, we snap a picture of it and post it to Facebook or Twitter right away. With technology being as advanced as it is, it is so easy for everyone to be a journalist. Many news companies encourage citizen journalism because the newscasters can’t be everywhere all the time. And well, there is normally at least one person around when a major event takes place who can record and post what is going on.

So if you want to become a journalist, I would strongly encourage you to just go ahead and start. Be a citizen journalist and eventually you may turn into a professional journalist.




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