Thursday, October 04, 2007

Aren't we all citizen journalists, by default?

Today's food for thought:

Who do journalists work for? Themselves, their employers, their readers, their country, their mothers?

Many journalists instinctually say the readers or listeners -- the citizens. But we're citizens, too.

So why do mainstream media, big-J journalists section themselves off -- i.e. "we're the journalists, they're the readers and listeners?" when we're all "citizens"?

Doesn't that make us citizen journalists, too, by definition?

Something to think about next time you hear someone talk about a "citizen journalist" as a separate entity.

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