Why citizens need journalists and journalists need citizens

One of the more heated debates surrounding citizen journalism is that professional journalists are becoming irrelevant—as necessary as rotary phones and the plastic adapter you put in the middle of a 45-record. When I put that idea to a person whose job centres on working with citizen journalists she had this to to say: “I laugh at that;…

Participatory Journalism: What do you think that means?

Citizen journalism, public journalism, grassroots journalism, participatory journalism—just some of the terms used to describe the public’s new role in the production of news. But what do any of those terms mean in a practical sense? They seem to be used interchangeably, to describe the same or different functions. Although citizen journalists are largely understood…

Redefining Journalism: Collaboration in the Public Sphere

My name is Nicole Blanchett Neheli and this blog is the platform for my Master’s research. Any comments posted to this blog may be used in my final thesis, future academic papers, articles, or conferences. I’m exploring in what ways participatory journalism could reinvigorate the public sphere; in other words, how citizen journalists and traditional broadcast…