Journalism as a profession used to consist of a core group of dedicated journalists who were the only gatekeepers to the news. With the creation of the Internet that core group of journalists are just a small speck in an ocean of “reporters”.
Anyone who wants to start reporting the news now has multiple channels they can utilize in order to get their content out. Each of these channels, sources like: Twitter, Facebook, a personal blog, or a YouTube channel, allow for a conversation between the author and the audience, a business model that traditional news media cannot compete with.
One thing to remember when looking at “citizen” journalism is the fact that traditional media still holds the standard of getting and reporting on credible and original content. These massive news agencies provide the scope of what the public knows locally and globally, something citizen journalism is unable to do.
It is easier now than it has ever been for any citizen to sit down at a keyboard and become their own journalist, but it is also now one of the lowest points in trust in the credibility of media a trend being fueled by citizen media.
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