Through technological convergence the role media audiences have within media itself has drastically changed. Where we were once only considered consumers, audiences have transformed, with many now being classified as producers. Convergence has altered the role the audience plays, allowing them to now be a dominant part of the digital world, creating the rise in citizen journalism.
Citizen journalism has both positive and negative attributes. In times of crisis, such as earthquakes or mass shootings, citizen journalism in the form of twitter has provided a constant flow of current information. This positive is just as much a negative though, as we do not know how accurate this information is.
Whether we like it or not, the age of citizen journalism is now.
You know what they say; If you can’t beat them, join them.