The rise of citizen journalism

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  • #1

    Morghan (Sonntag, 14 Januar 2018 13:44)

    Through social media every amateur is able to play politician, news-reporter, demagogue or journalist, as there are no restrictions. This defenitely is a side-effect of democracy, but when it comes to risky topics, one should #leaveittothejournalists

  • #2

    Morghan (Sonntag, 14 Januar 2018 13:49)

    When it comes to crime, citizen videos can be really helpful for police work, but it concernes me that we also lose our common sense and automatically grab our phone, instead of calling 911. Sometimes one should #leaveittothejournalists

  • #3

    Morghan (Sonntag, 14 Januar 2018 13:52)

    It is no secret that we have already lost interest in good-old-times-tv, but is it also over with professional photographers and journalists? What happens to them, when we only rely on amateur-posts and videos and when we won't #leaveittothejournalists ?

  • #4

    Morghan (Sonntag, 14 Januar 2018 13:56)

    Citizen journalism and fake-news walk hand in hand. When citizens start playing journalists, one is not only overwhelmed, but also confused: Who can I trust? The result: One believes, what one feels. I beg you to #leaveittothejournalists

  • #5

    Mia (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 14:24)

    I think this cartoon is ill fitted to describe the topic! People sharing information from all over the world in real time is extremely important in this day and age.

  • #6

    Mia (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 14:25)

    This kind of information sharing is something that helps people all over the world communicate.

  • #7

    Mia (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 14:27)

    Without this, we would never know about the protests in Iran right now, or what is happening in China, because some regimes block journalists and mainstream news outlets from reporting.

  • #8

    Mia (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 14:28)

    @Morghan All the information available does not make me feel overwhelmed, but empowered, as I know now, that everyone has a voice

  • #9

    Mia (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 14:30)

    Many news outlets only show one side of the story, which means that in the culture we currently live in, it is a white, heteronormative perspective, that we are being fed.

  • #10

    Mia (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 14:32)


  • #11

    Hannah (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 17:15)

    @Mia I totally agree with you on the cartoon. It does not represent the truth. People do not want to play journalists they just want to communicate and speak out their opinion as they always did. Now they simply have a (different) platform to do so.

  • #12

    Hannah (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 17:18)

    It is our own individual responsibility to question information and it's source and it does not matter where the information comes from and who it published.

  • #13

    Hannah (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 17:27)

    Citizen journalism provides us with different perspectives and may be even the only option to receive and publish real news eg. in countries where there is no press freedom

  • #14

    Hannah (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 17:36)

    It gives us the power to be active and to connect with hundreds and thousands of people all around the world. It gives us the chance to make a difference.

  • #15

    Lea (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 18:44)

    So many people are constantly pretending as if classic journalism and documentaries can always be trusted and are always objective. This is not true! So many traditional films and documentaries are very subjective and not reliable at all!

  • #16

    Lea (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 18:50)

    @Morghan Of course it's not over with classic photography and journalism! Citizen journalism is just a new form of communicating! It doesn't replace professional documentaries, it just helps you see things from different points of view.

  • #17

    Lea (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 18:54)


  • #18

    Lea (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 18:57)

    The cartoon is complete nonsense. The photographer could be standing amongst everyone, so that people can see the professional photos and the amateur ones, to then form an opinion considering both.

  • #19

    Helena (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 19:26)

    There is a huge difference between classic and citizen journalism! They have a different intention. While the intention of classic journalism is the education of the whole population and the focus on really important things, citizen journalism wants to get more and more users and write their stories for that intention. How important - and true- the story is is not important

  • #20

    Helena (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 19:31)

    I totally agree with Hannah! It is our decision which source of news we trust , read and support. Our experience with the media of the last years taught us to be careful with very kind of media.

  • #21

    Helena (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 19:35)

    The scary side of citizen journalism is that we can not control this kind of journalism. Every person can publish what he want. Therefore it is much more difficult to control information which is published in media than in newspapers.

  • #22

    Helena (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 19:37)

    But all in all we as individual control the rise of citizen journalism! So if you are against it, do not use ist and try to make others more aware about the bad sides of citizen journalism.

  • #23

    Morghan (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 20:22)

    You may doubt your overwhelment, but you can not doubt the fake-news-trend, that is 100%ly connected to the flood of information. If you #giveeveryoneavoice you won't be able to hear them! Noise won't bring us anywhere. So let's #leaveittothejournalists

  • #24

    Morghan (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 20:24)

    If you #giveeveryoneavoice you also give demagogues a voice! In order to practice freedom, we have to restrict those, who don't play by the rules.

  • #25

    Morghan (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 20:27)

    @Lea: But think about it: If the audience/viewers/readers start to rely on citizen journalism, the original ones won't have any customers! It's the old question of offer and demand: If no one will demand the "old journalism", it will die. #leaveittothejournalists

  • #26

    Hannah (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 20:41)

    they always had a voice and will always haveone.
    It is our responsibility to question and to educate. But there definitely needs to be some kind of regulation so it wont take on a dramatic scale and that people wont be confronted with inappropriate and harmful content

  • #27

    Hannah (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 20:52)

    Thats just how the market works ifthere is a shift in demand there will be a shift in supply. Firms/journalists need to adapt to the demand

  • #28

    Luise (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 21:34)

    @Morghan I see you point but don´t you think that participatory media is a new way of our democratic society? With the movement #giveeveryoneavoice we fully use our human rights such as freedom of spech, freedom of opinion and freedom of press. #humanrightseverywhere

  • #29

    Luise (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 21:38)

    To avoid fake-news-trends or rumors that spread online we can differentiate between platforms. Eg. twitter will never be a reliable source but on homepages as the ones from the New York Times one can be sure that the article was written by journalists.

  • #30

    Annabelle (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 21:52)

    Sure, but websites like Wikipedia give the illusion to be reliable sources but they make mistakes too. Maybe it’s not intentional but the Internet and the “facts” we are presented can be fake even though they are from reliable sources. So I think it’s quite difficult to escape the flood of information and to clearly differentiate between fake and real, especially in a busy world like ours. Where not everyone is interested in checking 5 different sources so they know for a fact it's true.

  • #31

    Annabelle (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 22:07)

    I think people should actively participate but work together with the professional journalist instead of against them #giveeveryoneavoiceincludingthejournalists or like James Cash Penney said: “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

  • #32

    Luise (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 22:26)

    On the other hand I understand why some people might think we should #leaveittothejournalists. A lot of scandals could be avoided eg. the incindent when Logan Paul showed a corpse in one of his videos.

  • #33

    Luise (Montag, 15 Januar 2018 22:45)

    @Annabelle I totally agree with you! Instead of talking about how social media is destroying the concept of traditional journalism we can change into a world where both operate combined #journalismshouldgowiththeflow