Journalists have always filtered grassroots tips and observations and here, it can be argued, digital expansion and ‘citizen journalism’ actually strengthens the hand of the original gatekeepers as they transition into a digital environment.
Citizen journalism can be partial and non-objective but it has the advantage of being raw intel. It behoves the trained journalist to sift through what is fact, what is comment and what is fiction.
This blog was published with the help of mobile technology, participatory culture, free speech and just a dash of research but could something like this ever contribute to journalism?
In order for journalism to be successful in this new digital environment Pavlik (2013) suggests it needs to involve research, freedom of speech, truth, accuracy and ethical decision making. Not only that but it is suggested news needs to be even more participatory and reciprocal. (Domingo 2008) Audience participation is encouraged at some levels of journalism such as ‘interpretation’ through comment and debate once the issue is in the public sphere and distribution through sharing functions, again, once it is already in the public sphere. However when it comes to deciding what in the whole world of observation and experience is newsworthy, in the stage that Domingo (2008) refers to as the filtering and selection stage, there is little to…
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