Citizen journalism is news collected, reported, and analyzed by the public for the public. Citizen journalists are not typically affiliated with any single news organization and their work may be completely self-published and distributed.
Problems and Purpose
Citizen journalism refers to news which is collected, reported, and analyzed by members of the public for their consumption. These journalists are typically unaffiliated and their work may be entirely self-published and distributed.
Citizen journalism strives to overcome the barriers to participation in the reporting, collecting, and analyzing of news. While large news outlets employ professional journalists, are funded by corporate entities or governments, and have the ability to vet or censor their content, citizen journalism is 'unfiltered', passing directly from source to reader. As such, citizen journalism is not typically edited or verified and relies heavily on the trust of the reader.