The Ramifications Of Citizen Journalism

By: E&P Staff

Sammi Wong | USC Annenberg | neontommy.com

With the popularization of sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, there has been a new trend of citizen journalism which encourages everybody to become an agent for transmission of news, regardless of experience, ethics, and, sometimes, even their commitment to accuracy.

Recently, Yahoo announced a new feature which opens its cyber doors to more citizen journalism in hopes of providing additional, enhanced perspectives on current events.

While it cannot be dismissed that there are some benefits in using citizen journalism, there are negative ramifications that are ignored by proponents of crowdsourcing the news.

In order for us to understand the problems with citizen journalism, we must first comprehend what professional journalism entails.

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