Somber fire side chats: Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism disrupts the traditional industrial journalism model by empowering Internet to act as journalists and commentators. Dr Alex Burns from the Queensland University of Technology describes Citizen journalism as being discursive and deliberative, and better resembling a conversation than a lecture.

This video explores citizen journalism by remixing the story of a professional journalist and a citizen journalist working collaboratively to uncover the truth behind the death of Ian Tomlinson during the 2009 G20 riots in London.


2 thoughts on “Somber fire side chats: Citizen Journalism

  1. This is a really interesting look at citizen journalism! I like how you’ve taken the approach that citizen journalists could possibly be seen as disrupting the traditional voice of a credited journalist. A lot of the people merely commenting online and posting links to things aren’t really achieving the kind of journalism we need to report the bigger issues. But then again, we could make the argument that some citizen journalists will talk controversial topics, unlike a lot of the mainstream media. Good post overall!


  2. Very well executed remix of the topic, and might I add, particularly relaxing 🙂 Citizen journalists really have the freedom to write about whatever they want and however they want, and if they don’t feel comfortable doing so, they can under a pseudonym. A professional journo can’t take such risks, they’re bound by the rule of their paper or site or what have you and even if there were to go off the books and take their story elsewhere, I’m more inclined to believe they’re doing so to make a living and feed their families first and foremost, truth and insight second.


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