Let’s all be journalists

Let’s face it; we’ve all taken a video or a picture of an even happening nearby at least once. This event might eventually be broadcasted locally, nationally or even internationally. On top of that, your footage of the event might even play a big role in discovering its truth. This would be citizen journalism.

Whether or not citizen journalism is a reliable source of information, you cannot discredit it. Most situations, (dire or not) can benefit from citizen journalism in the simple way that citizens are more likely to be on scene before any journalist or law enforcer. But is it credible?

The problem that citizen journalism faces is Fake News. Anyone could post something claiming literally anything. Where do we draw the line between credible stories versus incorrect stories, and how would we know? That the issue that citizen journalism faces and in all reality, there’s not way of stopping it.

If a bystander were to take a video of a woman robbing a store then another bystander takes another video claiming the perpetrator was caught without any proof causes problems. This is where the line needs to be drawn. Citizens are able to post credible evidence of a situation at hand but posting a resolved situation or adding information to the story because they think its true can cause turmoil.

Citizen journalism is a great tool, if used appropriately. It creates a voice for the community and shows a different angle on a story. Citizens already have a better chance of catching news before law enforcers or journalists but with that comes reason.

Yes, citizen journalism is a great tool; though, it needs to be used appropriately and for the right reasons.

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