What is citizen journalism?

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from blogs.buprojects.uk

According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Citizen Journalism is defined as, “The collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet.” 

Major news media outlets report on large important stories, but they don’t often provide information about what’s happening in the community or more personal stories. Citizen journalists have established sites and places where other community members can find out local news on a smaller scale.

One example of Citizen Journalism is Buffalo Rising, a Buffalo, NY based news site. The founder, Newell Nussbaumer, established the print product and blog to give a voice to the people of the grassroots movement, according to the Colombia Journalism Review.

Additionally, reporters for such blogs or establishments are often volunteers. They are real people in the community that are passionate about sharing information. Anyone can be a citizen journalist. If you find something interesting in your community, share it! You could be helping someone out.

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