Murder on the Guardian Express

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Citizen journalism and the legacy media strive to the same objectives; the collection, dissemination, analysis and distribution of content for the good of the general public (source). The extra weapon which sets legacy media at the advantage to citizen journalism is gatekeeping. Gatekeepers, in the legacy media, effectively place a stamp of approval over  information which is made available to the wider public. Information published by the legacy media is generally not questioned as it is seen to have been constructed by an authority. What is the role of gatekeepers in citizen journalism, you might ask? Uh, it’s kind of AWOL . . .

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Citizen journalism can be seen as the complete absence of authority – the anarchy of the media world. It’s unreliable, it’s unchecked, it’s open-sourced . . . why does it work? It’s based on the premise that everybody knows something, but nobody knows everything. The days of the captive audience are gone, as each person now has the power to become a producer of content. Although the absence of gatekeepers has created the risk of non-legitimate and/or news content being ‘published’, there is also the opportunity for the production of valuable content, even if it is unauthorised (for example WikiLeaks).

The rise of the internet culture has enhanced the prosumer movement and thus excluded the legacy media from much of the content production and consumption cycle. Legacy news plants have been cutting jobs to cover subsequent losses, which only gives citizen journalism more power. The strength of legacy media is its quality, but the sheer quantity of citizen journalism channels has overcome the issue of bias and opened up a magnitude of doors and new opportunities!

6 thoughts on “Murder on the Guardian Express

  1. Hi Claire! Great post this week on citizen journalism, l especially loved the title! It was good that you clearly highlighted why Citizen journalism is such a big phenomenon but also looked at the consequences of this easy access to participate online. The two memes you included on your post were amazing, they really backed up your main arguments. One suggestion would be to hyperlink a definition to keywords such as citizen journalism and legacy media for readers who may not understand this topic. Here is a good link for the definition of Citizen journalism- http://mediashift.org/2006/09/your-guide-to-citizen-journalism270/. I found a blog post called, “Citizen Journalism: Benefits or Consequences?” – http://exploringthenewmediaworld.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/citizen-journalism-benefits-or.html, it is a good read that further explains the positives and negatives of citizen journalism that you touched on in your post. Overall great post! Cant wait to read more from you!!

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  2. I loved your post on Citizen Journalism this week! It explains both Citizen Journalism and Legacy Media quite well and I believe people who came across your post would get some great information on the two topics. Your memes worked well and backed up your post too! 🙂

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  3. Hi Claire,

    I like that you mentioned that citizen journalism was the absence of authority. I think that is a very accurate statement. When you think about it, citizen journalism is quite like memes, open sourced, anyone can contribute, anyone can post. There is no gatekeeper like you mention to keep it all not offensive. With the gatekeepers gone, there is no barrier between people saying stupid things and the rest of the world. Which like you mentioned makes this citizen journalism work so well. Great post!

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