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Citizen Journalism
Practices, Propaganda, Pedagogy

ISBN 9781138483156
Published January 15, 2019 by Routledge
90 Pages

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Book Description

Citizen Journalism explores citizen participation in the news as an evolving disruptive practice in digital journalism. This volume moves beyond the debates over the mainstream news media attempts to control and contain citizen journalism to focus attention in a different direction: the peripheries of traditional journalism. Here, more independent forms of citizen journalism, enabled by social media, are creating their own forms of news.

Among the actors at the boundaries of the professional journalism field the book identifies are the engaged citizen journalist and the enraged citizen journalist. The former consists of under-represented voices leading social justice movements, while the latter reflects the views of conservatives and the alt-right, who often view citizen journalism as a performance. Citizen Journalism further explores how non-journalism arenas, such as citizen science, enable ordinary citizens to collect data and become protectors of the environment.

Citizen Journalism serves as an important reminder of the professional field’s failure to effectively respond to the changing nature of public communication. These changes have helped to create new spaces for new actors; in such places, traditional as well as upstart forms of journalism negotiate and compete, ultimately aiding the journalism field in creating its future.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Citizen Journalism at the Margins

Chapter 2 Engaged Citizen Journalism

Chapter 3 Enraged Citizen Journalism

Chapter 4 Learning from Other Disciplines

Chapter 5 Schooling Citizen Journalists

Chapter 6 Conclusion

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Melissa Wall is a professor in the Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge, USA. She is the author of Citizen Journalism: Valuable, Useless or Dangerous? and founder of the Pop-Up Newsroom.