Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Blog Guide for Citizen Journalism


"It takes only Rs10 (around 0.2 cents) for a person to become a journalist," one of my former colleague said while commenting over work of those journalists who did not consider journalism knowledge more important, "just buy a small notebook and a pencil, and start taking notes."
But, the Internet channel made it easier.
Now, you even don't need a piece of paper or a pencil to become a journalist! besides, you don't need any newspaper to work with!
What you need is to share the information with the people and be called a citizen journalist.
You can do it easily in two ways. Go to street or a park and tell the people what information you have. If it poses you dangers then the other and the best option is to start a blog and be called a citizen journalist.
Here, though you don't need to become a member of any media group, you'll have to win trust of your readers by providing them with authentic information.
Ten point guide provided by the International Center for Journalists on citizen journalism would guide you in detail about becoming a publication-less journalist! Tips related to safety measures and collection of information are useful not only for citizen journalists but also for the full time journalists associated with print as well as online media. You can read tips here as well.

3 comments:

dilsh said...

hello shahid

yes cool idea. but i feel its a bit dicey.

yes, there are guides and pointers but there is a lot of mis-information and information manipulation happening because ultimately they are not accountable to anyone.

this is particularly a danger in cases of war/conflict where parties try to plant information and manipulate public and international perceptions.

but it has potential.

Anonymous said...

You are so right brother we are not also edifying and have lack of information too. Keep working hard for newspaper journalism as you are doing too.
Appreciate matey

Anonymous said...

You are so right brother we are not also edifying and have lack of information too. Keep working hard for newspaper journalism as you are doing too.
Appreciate matey
Regards
Mansoor