‘The Good Samaritan’

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.

“New technology enables normal people to do reporting. But new technology also improves the monitoring quality of journalism as well.”






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3 thoughts on “‘The Good Samaritan’

  1. Hey, Nicole for this topic I really enjoyed your remediation this week as well as your case example with the Ariana Grande concert. I think you brought up a really interesting point in that if journalists sit on their stories for too long, it may no longer be considered as news anymore. I think traditional or legacy media if you will are only recognising this now and that if they don’t race to get the news story out first then they will in turn ‘lose the story’ to another journalist. I think to make your blog post even better, you could have added something a bit more interactive into your blog post such as video to compliment your case study. In my blog post, I tried to focus on digital journalism and the gatekeeping theory. I delved deeper into the dangers of gatekeeping and the dangers that can be associated with this theory. I managed to find a really good source on the topic
    Here it is if you’d like to check it out https://masscommtheory.com/theory-overviews/gatekeeping-theory/
    Furthermore, I also expressed that without citizen journalism individuals would never hear the ‘full’ story. The public would constantly be fed filtered information by legacy media outlets. Resulting in bias within legacy media, this is why citizen journalism and a distributed network is important online.

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  2. It is interesting to see major events unfolding online from the public before journalists have even published any articles about it. I think personally it is interesting and useful to be able to just scroll through your social media accounts and read all the details and different perspectives of any major events unfolding live. Of course, there come the downsides such as misleading/ false details, although journalists do not always get it right themselves.

    Great remediation, I never really thought of the biggest story of the day being decided by the public but it is very true and a great perspective. Here is an article I found on The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism that helped me gain a greater understanding. https://www.poynter.org/archive/2005/the-11-layers-of-citizen-journalism/

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  3. Hey Nicole!

    It is true, legacy media is being outdated. With mobile phones that have some of the highest quality photography, and instant news broadcast, it is a wonder how some journalist are still buzzing around. I like how you used the term ‘citizen journalism’. I think it perfectly encapsulates the notion that now anyone can be a ‘broadcast journalist’. It will be interesting to see where this further develops.


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