Citizen Journalism

What is citizen journalism?
Citizen journalism refers to the coverage of news events by the public over the Internet in order to disseminate the information. Citizen journalism can be simple reporting of facts and news that is largely ignored by large media companies. It is easily spread through personal websites, blogs, microblogs, social media and so on. Some types of citizen journalism also serve as a control over the coverage of larger news agencies by offering alternative analytics.

- Citizen journalism is referred to by many other names, including:
- Collaborative Citizen Journalism (CCJ)
- Personal publishing
- Grassroots media
- Networked journalism
- Open source journalism
- Citizen media
- Participatory journalism
- Hyperlocal journalism
- Distributed journalism
- Stand-alone journalism
- bottom-up journalism
- non-media journalism
- Indymedia
- guerrilla journalism

There are some nuances to these uses, but they all revolve around online publishing and the dissemination of information by the public.

Citizen journalism refers to all forms of public reporting done online. This includes everything from blogs to a local little league tournament to putting citizens online in countries where the national media is controlled by the government. If an event is too small to be noticed by the larger media, or if the media cannot report the facts without censorship, citizen journalism may be the only source of information about what is actually going on behind the media blackout.

Some citizen journalists have gained so much popularity for their coverage and commentary that they can reach a much larger audience than traditional news outlets.

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