Citizen journalism is all about individuals collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information especially on the social websites.
This isn’t my definition, but that of Wikipedia.
As most of us know, our world is now a global village. Therefore, we all are reporters or citizen journalists using online platforms to inform the whole world what is happening around us.
Trained journalists now rely on the social media and citizen reporters to get advice on what is happening around the world.
These hints are downloaded and then processed in accordance with the journalism ethics and then sold back to the same members of the general public.
But, the reality is that hard copies of newspapers and magazines aren’t selling much these days. Online media platforms, forums, blogs, directories and the social media have taken over. This is good for humankind.
A citizen journalist can make a living from collecting and passing on of information, photos, tips and events for established newspapers, magazines, sites, blogs and forums for publication. This may or might be free.
This is because lots and lots of people out there benefit one way or the other from the conventional or the social media.
These persons could be researchers, safety specialists, housewives, business people, bankers, journalists, Raccoon Sounds, lecturer, online marketers, motivational speakers, sportsmen and women, etc..
We all need the right information at any point in time to make informed opinion and decisions. And it is the media that will help us here.
But, the social media isn’t regulated for now. Therefore, some information posted on the social websites aren’t processed. This is where our world leaders should arrive in.
Aside from the monetary benefits, citizen reporters will also experience a sense of satisfaction when they know that their contributions are helping to shape the world in order to make it a better place. This is immortal and goes beyond money.
I feel deep down that with time, the social media will fall in line and have the ability to regulate itself.
To a citizen reporter, there are lots of jobs out there for you and there are no limits to how much money you can make passing on tips, information and photographs to established media outfits, websites, blogs and forums for possible publications.