An independent media researcher has joined the campaign to better educate citizen journalists.
In her report, Citizen Journalism and the Internet – an Overview, researcher Nadine Jurrat recognizes that “citizen journalists have become regular contributors to mainstream news, providing information and some of today’s most iconic images, especially where professional journalists have limited access or none at all.”
But she also notes that these citizen journalists need ethical, legal and business training to be taken seriously by professional media and audiences alike.
“In order for citizen journalists to continue providing relevant information for the general public, training in ethical standards and legal pitfalls in the context of personal reporting should be made more widely available.”
I couldn’t agree more. There have been instances where individuals who call themselves citizen journalists totally abandon journalistic ethics and disregard any legal repercussions that could occur.
That’s why I’ve been so involved in training citizen journalists. In fact, the “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” that I co-authored includes chapters on those very subjects – libel and 15 core value for citizen journalists.
I believe the handbook is a must-read for any practicing or aspiring citizen journalist.
To purchase your copy, visit www.citizenjournalistnow.com/.
Susan Cormier is the co-author of the “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” (http://www.citizenjournalistnow.com/).