Eye-witness News (Literally)

“Miracle on the Hudson”

“Citizen Journalism.” What is the first thing that comes to mind? Everyday citizens who call themselves journalists? I guess that term can be used loosely. They really aren’t journalists, or are they? In today’s society, these people are known as the ones who are first on the scene of major events. They get up close and personal, capturing the pictures we see on the news and certain social media accounts. In a way, we should be thankful for citizen journalists. I know right, you’re probably thinking “Thankful? I’ve never given these type of people a second thought before in my life.” But, they source their information to the major news channels before a representative can get there, and for that, I’m thankful.

When see the quality of photos taken at the scene of major events, it’s easy to identify if it was taken from an iPhone or a professional camera. Some may say people who report the news need to have special training when in reality, anyone can do it. Professional camera or not, some photos can come out really good on a phone! For instance, the main photo from the miracle on the Hudson was shot on an iPhone. When people think of that event, they remember the photo which captured it all. It was taken by Janis Krum, who was on a commuter ferry going to rescue passengers from the plane. He snapped the pic and posted it to his Twitter account. Of his picture, the LA Times said the day of the landing, ”This may be among the most striking instances yet of instant citizen reporting.” THERE’S THAT PHRASE AGAIN. Citizen Reporting. If you want to read his interview with CNN, you’ll learn how he became one of the first and best examples of citizen journalism going viral on Twitter. These people just so happen to be in the right place at the right time. Ask yourself this: What is so wrong with that?