Citizen journalism refers to members of the public gathering, analysing and reporting news, normally on the internet. Their news is often user-generated and published digitally, with their content being promoted mainly through social media channels.
This remediation illustrates how traditional journalists are now in a race with time as citizen journalists’ news would most likely spread faster than their own, “so, if a professional journalist sits on their story for too long, it may longer be news”.
An example of this is the Manchester bombing during the Ariana Grande concert. Whilst the whole event was unfolding, people were on Twitter documenting the situation. The events were published online before any traditional journalist could get their hands on it.
Some believe citizen journalism is killing traditional journalism for reasons like this, however there are a lot of people that see benefits of the two complimenting each other.
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