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.
Friedman, S. M. (2011). Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima: An analysis of traditional and new media coverage of nuclear accidents and radiation. Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists, 67(5), 55-65.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.