A new type of media user has been born… We’re all about producing, sharing and consuming. Citizen journalism is so appealing to some because it has no cost of entry and unlike actual journalists, there’s no quality filter and no upfront risk. Citizen journalism is the absence of authority, an open process with no closure.
Citizen journalism refers to “public citizens playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and disseminating news and information”. Blogs and social media have taken away the feature of gatekeepers (editors and publishers, in some cases) and allows individuals to post whatever, whenever they want.
As social media allows for instantaneous uploads, it is quickly becoming the main place where all news is found first. Victims of tragedies are tweeting/ posting what is happening to them, in real time, on their own terms. Citizen journalism allows for instant access and instant knowledge for people all around the world.