Social Media and the Emergence of Citizen Journalism

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In recent years Journalism both as a profession and as an action has undertaken a transformation due to social media. As a result of everyone having access to a portable camera and multiple platforms to upload content to, the act of citizen journalism has emerged.

Citizen journalism is simply the act of the general public uploading content on current events to the internet. This sharing of knowledge is often done through platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and is usually shared by citizens who happen to be witnessing an event taking place in real time.

These pieces of knowledge that the general public uploads often includes a mixture of Tweets, Facebook statuses, images and videos which accumulatively put together the whole picture of the event. This phenomenon is often described through metaphors such as “Bridges made of pebbles,” to depict the whole product being contributed to by thousands of smaller sources.

So really, by being in the right place at the right time and documenting information that you witness, you yourself could contribute to this new form of Journalism.


5 thoughts on “Social Media and the Emergence of Citizen Journalism

  1. aprilverjo says:

    Hi Emma,
    You have really simply summarised this week’s content in an easy way to understand.
    The creativity in your remediation is great! I love your choice of font in the remediation as it suits the aesthetic of the image you have chosen for the background.
    To improve the post maybe add some links which can take the reader to a webpage explaining citizen journalism in a more detailed way. A link I have found which is quite helpful is

    Great work!


  2. embowen says:

    Hey Emma,
    I really like the way you summarised this weeks topic, I think it actually helped to understand the bridges made of pebbles metaphor a bit more!
    I think citizen journalism is really important when comes to matters of social injustice, politics and natural disaster situations like earthquakes or flooding because without it, how are we supposed to know the reality of what is happening or has happened?
    This article describes citizen journalism as ‘little brother watching big brother’ which I think sums it up perfectly.
    Great post,
    Emily 🙂


  3. saarahsays says:

    This information avalanche that citizen journalism creates does make me wonder what sources are credible. However, are we really able to trust legacy media anymore? I suppose having an array of sources is better than all our information coming from the one place. I really enjoyed this video as it does a really great job at explaining the rise of social media and how we have gone from a centralised to distributed society. It discusses how “the internet has enabled us to transcend time and distance that allows every node on the network to contribute.”

    As we can now all be considered publishers, its important for us to be responsible for the information we post and only post true and accurate information.

    Maybe to help with your post a few examples could help add context and further your arguments 🙂


  4. mitchmcraeblog says:

    Really liked the post!

    I thought the point you made in your remediation was a really great way of summing up how simple citizen journalism is: all it takes to be a citizen journalist is to be on the scene with a phone. Which makes me wonder about the worth of a traditional journalism degree in the modern age, because after all, all it takes is being in the right place at the right time.



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