Citizen Journalism Vs. Traditional Journalism



In a society which is constantly changing due to the growth of the internet and technology, we as humans have to align with these changes to ensure that we are in trend. Simply writing this blog shows the transition in the way we report and publish news stories and information. This evolving trend of ordinary people writing and posting news stories on social media platforms is known as a form of Citizen Journalism. This form of journalism hasn’t always been around. Before the birth of the internet, society relied on traditional methods such as newspapers and magazine’s to keep them informed about news stories, whereas in today’s society we have news stories with a quick search on our phones, tablets and computers. Will traditional media outlets finally adapt to meet the demands of the 21st Century? There are so many arguments out there that favours both sides of journalism.

Citizen Journalism is defined as “the gathering writing, editing, production and distribution of news and information by people that are not trained and qualified journalist” (Viktoria 2014, p. 150).

Citizen journalism in its current form, emerged in the 1980’s, with the term Citizen Journalism becoming apparent in the 00s (Viktoria, 2014). It was the development of the internet that saw the growth in this phenomenon and it continues to rise as new social media platforms appear.

Citizen Journalist are taking opportunities through the use of modern technologies to discover, create and reveal different perspectives of newsworthy stories that beyond the reach of professional journalist. Most of the time Citizen Journalist capture extraordinary moments that traditional media cannot, whether they are eyewitnesses or positioned in remote and/ or dangerous locations. The participation, engagement and collaboration is the driving force behind Citizen Journalism.

Traditional Journalism on the other hand takes a very different approach as to the way news is reported. Do you believe that new media models are disrupting traditional journalism?

The differences between Traditional and Citizen Journalism are very clear. Social media platforms are applying enormous pressures to traditional methods. However too ensure society is being delivered with accurate and reliable information, it is vital the two forms of journalism merge together. Bringing the two concepts will give more depth and value to the stories.

As Citizen Journalism is having a strong impact on today’s modern culture, we as society need to expect that this is new form of presenting news and information and steer away from the ideologies of traditional methods. Citizen Journalism will continue to develop and expand as new technologies and social media platforms arise.

So what is your view on merging the two concepts? Do you think it will be successful in the long- term?

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Macharashvili. N. 2012. Citizen Journalism and Traditional Media: 5 Ws &H. University of Warwick. MA in Creative and Media Enterprises. Viewed 12th of August 2015.

Viktória, M. 2014. The Golden Age of Citizen Journalism, Annales UMCS, Sectio K (Politologia); 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p149-160, 12p.