Well, we have reached the end of our course and what better way to finish it than with the topic of citizen journalism. Our group was kind of split down the middle according to who actually participated actively in citizen journalism, but we are all involved in consuming the news from online sources.
Colecrerar90 wrote “it seems like everyone these days is contributing somehow with their views and/or opinions on relevant news” (http://colecrerar.wordpress.com/). Melanie Munroe utilizes Facebook as a source for news updates as she feels is is “more up-to-date than the printing press and sometimes even the news on television” http://melaniemunroe.wordpress.com/.
One thing I learned from this assignment and I was surprised to find out is that young people are more involved in consuming news in society today than in other generations. mf08ty writes “the emergence of these new opportunities for sharing journalism have encouraged me to consume more journalism” (http://mf08ty.wordpress.com). I think that is one great outcome of the emergence of citizen journalism.
Young people today are more informed and have the opportunity to voice opinions and views on timely topics. In the past, the newspaper was delivered to the home and it was typical for Dad to sit in his comfortable chair and peruse the headlines. It wasn’t common for a kid to pick up a paper or turn to a television station for updates on news in our society. Today, they have Twitter updates and Facebook posts blasted at them every second by means of the many portable electronic devices invented in recent years. The good part about this is these methods keep them informed on the latest news updates wherever they are. Even better is they want to be involved in what is going on in their world.
etakahashi wrote about online activism in her blog this week (http://etakahashi2f00.wordpress.com). She stated that it was simple for the average person to be an activist these days. All it takes is a touch of a button now to become involved in a cause. It’s quite simple for groups to have petitions signed as there is so little involved in the process and not very much commitment. It remains to be seen though how much impact this online activism will have.
All in all, it’s great to see people becoming more involved in societal issues and news in general. This is one positive aspect of citizen journalism.