“We Don’t All Wire Our Own Houses, So We Shouldn’t All Write Our Own News” (Hogg, 2009)

Hi Digital Diary Followers

There has been a rise in the idea of the active participatory audience. This participatory culture has branched into field of international journalism with consumers taking a more active role in the form of citizen journalism.

An example of this is the use of Twitter in providing “real time” coverage of violent crime in relation to Mexico’s Drug War (Julia Wetherell, 2013).  Anonymous individuals labelled “civic media curators” basically would post to twitter when they saw violence occurring in the local areas around them as seen in the example below.

As the violent events are occurring people are relaying information about it in a quick and efficient manner so it can be distributed to a mass audience who will use the information in individual ways i.e. they may stay away from the area. Although many different individuals are contributing to the reporting overall it is creating a more informed society. Andrés Monroy-Hernández, 2013 describes that during his time in Northern Mexico he was not able to learn about these violent events and he, like many others who resided in the city had to turn to social media and the citizen journalists to be able to receive the news.

This example of citizen journalism plays a very important role in the changing international news values because of the immediacy of the reporting. It prevents the idea of pre-prepared and prepackaged news stories. It is allowing news of cultural proximity and relevance to be distributed to the people in a real time atmosphere.

Ultimately this type of journalism is crowdsourcing traditional media form and the professional sphere is quick to criticize citizen journalism:

“It’s more efficient to have that (journalism) happening by a professional, by people who have had some knowledge on how to do it. We don’t all wire our own houses, so we shouldn’t all write our own news” (Chris Hogg, 2009). 

This has come as a result of the journalism industry feeling threatened by the grassroots movement of citizen journalism.

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