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Citizen Journalism

Practices, Propaganda, Pedagogy, 1st Edition

By Melissa Wall


82 pages

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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

About the Author

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.

About the Series


Studies in Digital Journalism

The Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism series features ground breaking short form publications which engage with cutting edge technological and critical developments and debates in contemporary digital journalism theory and practice. Titles in the series explore emerging hot topics, present detailed case studies and offer new assessments of theoretical and conceptual innovations in relation to subjects including digital journalism ethics, robot news, data journalism, web metrics and online surveillance. Titles respond quickly to the latest developments in the field and showcase the work of best new and established critical thinkers in this vibrant and emerging area.


For more information on submitting a proposal for the series, please contact Bob Franklin at

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies