Let us be Heard!

Social media provides new outlets for citizen journalism because it actively engages participants within a small amount of characters to state what is on one’s mind. This also includes hash tags, which provides links to similar categories, which can then be further searched for more information. It engages participants to verify their information’s and news sources through mass public informing on the issue of interest. News broadcasters such as CP24 use twitter fans that have eye-witnessed real time events occur. They are usually broadcasted on tv or part of a news article as many have seen. It broadens the appeal to participate as your tweet will be part of an event of interest.

This also tends to hurt the appeal of professional journalism as ““The emergence of Twitter as a source for breaking news, and the speed at which information is disseminated on the network, is placing further strain on established journalistic practices” (Hermida, 2012). This strains the amount of information arriving on these feeds however they may be their but verification of information is not 100%. In the twitter world a statement could be possibly retweeted about 100 times making users unaware about the accuracy of information travelling. As Friedman stated Although information appeared quickly, if something went viral, it was widely distributed without much thought about its accuracy or the credibility of its sources” (2011).

Many of us choose to be selective about the news we read by selecting certain sources that aren’t “mainstream”. In these same efforts “many private individuals and groups with Internet and social-media connections presented their own news,  their interpretations of news from traditional media or their points of view on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube”. The emergence of new opportunites encourages many of us to participate in citizen journalism especially with the ride range of outlets that can be used to find news sources as well as many outlets for one to put their voice out. These create more efforts to engage people to participate in the knowledge of the world without limiting ourselves to only one source for information.

 References

 Friedman, S. M. (2011). Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima: An analysis of traditional and new media coverage of nuclear accidents and radiationBulletin Of The Atomic Scientists, 67(5), 55-65.

 Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verificationJournalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.

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4 thoughts on “Let us be Heard!

  1. I agree with you completely as the online world tends to hurt the world of professional journalism as active citizens are reporting themselves on a regular basis. I believe that with so many different outlooks and the ability to get information from where ever the world of professional journalism has been taken over. I do think that social media today gives us a voice and the freedom to speak our minds. I think this isn’t such a bad thing because so many new and exciting topics are discussed and it isn’t just like you said “the mainstream news”. I think that branching out to reading different opinions, articles, journals etc. is a benefit for society allowing us to learn more as our world both technologically and the real world are constantly changing and advancing.

  2. I really like that you brought up the idea of news stations such as CP24 who have incorporated social media platforms, such as Twitter, to contribute eye witness accounts and information regarding any news story or detail concerning CP24. It adds a personal touch while furthering their story with more information and details from witnesses and users. I agree with you that with the rise of new and digital media, professional journalism has suffered and allowed for virtually anyone to become what is believed to be a ‘journalist’. Perhaps that is why it is called a citizen journalist, rather than a professional journalist. The only problem is as Bruns and Highfield (2012) regard: citizen journalism is slowly replacing that of proper journalism. Here, I believe it is important to note the difference and recognize those who are in the profession of journalism.

  3. I like that you included Friedman’s comment about information going viral. With some digital media platforms, such as Twitter only allowing a certain number of characters to be typed, I wonder how closely people are paying attention to what they read in their feeds. In today’s busy world, I think that many people often skim read, and may not think critically about what they are reading. If something, like a tweet, seems interesting or notable, they could pass it along, without verifying it. This is why professional journalism is important, and although some people who write blogs or tweet about news items may feel like they are providing accurate information, verification is something that makes professional journalists professionals, and although it is great when anyone can send in their eye witness account via Twitter, I still prefer to get my news from a professional point.

  4. I agree with you in that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow for many people around the world to engage in a discussion about topics and to leave personal comments or attitudes in regards to an issue. This can further a story by going beyond just simply stating the facts of a story. For example, I think it is beneficial to have the professional journalists who present the public with facts about stories. However, online discussions about a story among multiple participants can result in discussions about the story, offering personal insight or even experience in that situation or similar situations. In essence, this type of “furthering the discussion” is like what we are doing here. First, we blog about facts which are cited from scholarly sources, then we take the time to read and comment in order to extend the discussion.

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