Citizen journalism is all about people collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information particularly on the social media.
This isn’t my definition, but of Wikipedia.
As we all know, our world is now a global village. Therefore, we all are reporters or citizen journalists using online platforms to inform the entire world what’s happening around us.
Trained journalists now trust the social media and citizen reporters to get advice on what is happening around the world.
These hints are downloaded and then processed in view of the journalism ethics and then sold back to the same members of the public.
But, the reality is that hard copies of newspapers and magazines aren’t selling much these days. Online media platforms, blogs, forums, directories and the social media have taken over. This is good for humankind.
A citizen journalist can earn a living from collecting and passing on of information, photographs, tips and events for established newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and forums for publication. This might or may be free.
However, the value of a citizen reporter helping to spread the news, good, bad or ugly will have impart on our planet.
This is because lots and lots of people out there gain one way or the other from the conventional or the social media.
These persons could be researchers, security experts, housewives, business people, bankers, journalists, lecturer, online marketers, motivational speakers, Raccoon Sounds, sportsmen and women, etc..
Most of us need the right information at any point in time to make educated opinion and decisions. And it’s the media that will help us here.
Since trained journalists cannot be everywhere at the same time, the contributions of citizen reporters to informing, educating and entertaining members of the public becomes very convenient.
But, the social media is not regulated for now. Therefore, some information posted on the social websites are not 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 gifts are helping to shape the world to be able 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 be able to regulate itself.
To a citizen reporter, there are many 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 potential publications.