|With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
They'd like to think so. But i don't believe so. Journalists are trained to have a good nose for a story. Work in a newspaper for a few years, and listen to some of the phone calls that come in from people who think they have "a story" -then you will realise that no, every citizen is not a correspondent.
Yes and I think that can be a good thing as people are redefining what news is
With all technologies, there are pros and cons.
No. Anyone with a recording device can capture a moment. Journalists give it context and dimension and history and perspective.
to be correspondent?i think yes.BUT,they are not journalist.they only capture something and share it.for me,a people like that sometimes can't analyze a problem or a news.even critics something.they become more passive than before.
No. You and I both know that, youtube videos do not threaten news journalism, they only expand its sphere of influence.
Every citizen is a source; journalism isn't just about being a primary source. A recording is partial and needs to be set in context (I can deliberately or accidentally film something from an angle that puts a spin on it and a video that doesn't come with the relevant background and explanation can be very misleading).
Why is there an assumption that if you're not paid to report things that this automatically makes you more independant? Anyone can have an axe to grind and full disclosure isn't required of enough sources.
Absolutely not. Journalism is more than writting things. Everybody has some knowledge about lots of subjects but that doesn't mean they are specialist making them. Journalist have an education, so they are supossed to make their job with a high level, because they know the rules and the procedures to make a right information. Citizens are now, with the technology, a new kind of source, but not the journalist.
Yes. And sometimes they're better than the pros. The whole aesthetic of reportage is transforming utterly.
Technology is just a tool. It's like a knife, you can be a killer or a cook.
There is certainly a place for citizen journalism but not at the expense of trusted and trained news outlets/personnel. Blogging certainly is an amazing medium but there is increasing uncertainty about the validity of reports/blogs/citizen journalism and an onus on bloggers to be true and fair.
I don't think so, no - it takes training and practice to accurately report what is captured on eyewitness video.
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