Someone Take the Camera off the Baby…!

As technology becomes more and more widespread, it is safe to say that nearly everyone has a smartphone on them.  This smartphone becomes the tool of the “citizen journalist”, with Internet access to share information or opinion, plus a camera to take videos and photos.  And with no filter over what can be shared on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and WordPress, citizen journalism is everywhere.

Citizen journalism is a new way of gathering information, created within the movement from a consuming audience to a prosuming one.  This kind of journalism threatens traditional news outlets simply because of its ease, reach and immediacy.  But without a gatekeeper, there is no way of filtering the factual, good information from the rest.  As my lecturer said to us once, “any nine-year-old with a camera can be a journalist”.

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