While most citizen journalism efforts in the U.S. struggle to get recognition, similar efforts around the world are making headlines and bringing in big bucks.
Here are three recent examples:
The London-based citizen journalism website – www.blottr.com – recently was awarded a hefty £250,000 (more than $400,000) investment from “the man behind myvouchercodes.co.uk.”
The company said it plans to use the investment to bolster its team and launch in five new UK cities over the coming weeks.
In honor of World Press Freedom Day, the Omidyar Network of Redwood City, Calif., announced May 9 that it was awarding nearly $5 million to four media-related groups involved in investigative and citizen journalism in the developing world.
The four groups include African Media Initiative (Kenya): the SaharaReporters project (Nigeria); Media Development Loan Fund (U.S.); and the Committee to Protect Journalists (Africa programs).
In the Middle East, the Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is offering tutorials to train citizen journalists in the use of new media technologies. Al Jazeera said it is not creating the news agenda but wants to amplify it.
Susan Cormier is the co-author of the “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” (http://www.citizenjournalistnow.com/).