Citizen Journalism

What is the difference between citizen journalism and civic journalism? Citizen journalism, in my eyes, is journalism that is non professional but still practicing the act of journalism in their own way. Civic journalism is professional journalism where one works for a specific magazine, newspaper ect. Citizen journalism has gone a long way over the last few years. It becomes bigger every year, in my observation. The reason I feel citizen journalism becomes bigger and bigger is because of the easy access to the internet. Why would one pay for a newspaper when they could access all the information and more for free? Citizen journalism is slowly taking over civic journalism. Each year the amount of newspapers sold decreases because of the easy access to the internet. “In April, newspapers in the US reported circulation decreases of 3.6% on average, according to Overall, US newspaper circulation dropped from 42.6 million in the spring of 2007 to 41.1 million in March of 2008”( This is newspaper circulation just in the United States. It just goes to show, that each year newspaper sales continues to decline because of citizen journalism. Is this fair? In my opinion, the media as a whole continues to change. The internet is the reason for this. Because of citizen journalism, I can go to and research recent news in Barcelona, Spain and most likely find out all the news I need to know without charge. This is not necessarily fair but it’s the way of the media these days. In my opinion, I feel that the reason internet media has become more popular is because there are no rules. That is one of the big differences between civic journalism and citizen. Citizen the rules are endless. One can write about what ever they feel without the rules and regulations that other journalism has. For example, when you work for the New York Times you are given a topic, the word count and where in the newspaper it is placed. If that same journalist started a blog on the internet, they would have endless word count and could discuss whichever topic he or she desires. The argument that people have agaisnt citizen journalism, is that it shouldn’t be considered journalism. Anyone can start a blog or type something into a webpage, like Wikipedia, but does it make them a journalist? A lot of poeple think it doesn’t. To be honest I dont really have an opinion either way. I think journalsim is journalism but at the same time I would not go to a docotor who doesn’t have his own certified practice or works in a well known hospital. Either way the internet is growing and this problem is not going to fade. Media all together is changing because of the internet and it is just going to get even more complicated.


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