Citizen Journalism: Evolving Relationship Between the Press and the Public
Everyone has the power to participate in communication today through blogs and community groups. Many bloggers have become powerful, given the popularity of their blogs. Some have become citizen journalists – citizens who play “an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news.” But with millions reading their words through a medium that seems to give equal weight to traditional journalism, what does this mean for journalism, and for the code of ethics that journalists traditionally understand? Jennifer McClure is the founder and executive director of the Society for New Communications Research, a nonprofit think tank focused on the study of advanced communication tools. She spoke with Marketing Voices host Jennifer Jones about the status of citizen journalism today.