Citizen Journalists Arise

Amy Gahran, a self-professed “info provocateur” is beginning something called I Reporter: The Citizen Journalism Project. Why?

I’m drawn to this field because I’ve grown to realize that traditional versions of news, journalism, and journalists are no longer enough. The cult of officialdom has reached its limits. There is more than one way to gauge relevance and credibility. We need more kinds of news, from more kinds of sources, to adequately serve the information needs of our communities and the world.

Citizen journalism is an emerging field that is growing in credibility. Perhaps the largest source of citizen journalism is OhMyNews, a Korean news organization that employs 50 staff reporters and editors plus 38,000 citizen reporter volunteers who submit 200 stories a day. Much of the professional staff time is spent on editing and fact checking these stories before they are posted. The citizen reporters must be verified through government registration numbers, and then sign onto a strict code of ethics including a promise not to write a story for personal financial gain and to tell the truth in each piece.

OhmyNews has embraced the philosophy that every citizen can be a reporter. Others act as sources for fellow volunteer reporters or for OhmyNews professional staffers. OhmyNews is a laboratory for the future of on-line communication. | See Mark Rose Bio

Comments

  1. I agree, Mark — and we also need good teachers, which is why I am so intrigued by what Amy is doing. Her project includes a training program to help advance the practice of citizen journalism — not to mention improve journalism across the board.

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