What Is Citizen Journalism?

NOTE: I get asked this question quite often, so I thought I’d take a stab at providing a definition. This represents my view only — feel free to disagree, question, or elaborate in the comments. I intend this to be the starting point of a discussion, not the last word. I originally published this post in another blog in May 2007. I’ve been getting many questions about it lately from journalism students, so I thought I’d repost it.

“Citizen journalism” is a clunky term that manages to be as open to interpretation as it is controversial. I tend to think of it this way:

Any effort by people who are not trained or employed as professional journalists to publish news or information based on original observation, research, inquiry, analysis or investigation.

Here’s what that can mean, more specifically… Continue reading

Some Journos are Real Dorks: The Proof

My friend David Cohn of Spot.us today mentioned a fun site I absolutely adore: Stuff Journalists Like. (It’s a riff on the instant classic: Stuff White People Like.)

And what kinds of things do journalists like?

All of which point out what dorks my colleagues can be. But if you need more proof, check out David Cohn from an MIT conference this spring:

David Cohn of Spot.us, getting dorky

David Cohn of Spot.us, getting dorky

(Heh, Dave, I warned you….)