Snapchat Spectacles and Google Glasses are the next best tool for citizen journalists

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Wearable technologies are fast becoming a consumer product and mainstream reality. They are constantly being developed. These new emerging technologies are trying to encourage the public to engage with professional media, more so than ever before.

The industry is suffering from reduced audiences and falling profits but wearable technology and hand-held devices provide a good solution to improving this.

Since the twin towers fell down on 9/11, citizen journalism flew off the ground and since then, some of the most important news stories of our time have…


How do popular news organisations use Instagram to share news and attract audiences of a younger generation?

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Instagram is one of the world’s leading social media sites that enables users to share images and videos, add captions, edit using filters and view other people’s profiles.

Launched in 2010, according to Social Media Today, 1 billion people use Instagram every month with 500 million using the Instagram stories feature every day.

Since last year, the visually appealing site has increased as a main source of news consumption. …


Gone are the days of remaining objective and impartial in the micro-blogging world

Since Twitter’s introduction in 2006, news organisations have had to adapt their approaches towards sharing news. More people today use social media to read the news, meaning companies have had to learn to keep up with the new trends and increase their use of social media to attract online attention and gain a following.

Since micro-blogging has come about, news has become increasingly accessible to people everywhere. …


The development of participatory journalism through the years

The emergence of blogs

The early 2000’s saw the spread of blogs as a new way of receiving and consuming news that challenged traditional methods.

2001- 9/11 terrorist attacks

Many people believe the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers was the start of the digital age and marked the beginning of citizen journalism.

In 2001, many of the major communication platforms that exist today were in their nascent stages. Facebook and Gmail would not be invented for another 3 years and Twitter for another 5 years. …


Is citizen journalism a challenge to mainstream media & what are the some of the current ethical and legal issues facing these journalism forms?

Today’s news media is radically changing.

The emergence of new media forms means that the readership of traditional media such as newspapers is gradually declining.

According to an article written by The Circular, today most people source their news from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as through personal blogs they find online as this new media market continues to grow and become the leading way of consuming news.

According to information from Ofcom in 2019, after television, the internet is the next most popular way of consuming news and is used by 66% of adults.


Citizen Journalism is the most powerful form of journalism in our time

The modern news media has a responsibility to provide all citizens with truthful, reliable and impartial information they need to understand what is happening in the world right now, according to the Journalism Professional Code of Ethics.

However, for years the media have often been accused of representing only the views of elite groups in the news, ignoring the minority in society.

Thomas Carlyle in 1787 coined the term ‘fourth estate’ to represent the British press and news media. …

Zoe Saunderson

Aspiring journalist from Kent, interested in exploring into the freedoms of citizen journalism, who loves to travel and is currently living in Bournemouth!

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