From citizen journalism to collective intelligence

As discussed in this weeks BCM112 class, citizen journalism is a concept that is only growing in momentum.

As noted by Axel Bruns in the weekly reading, “Citizen journalism, which often builds on, debates, and critiques the published reports of mainstream journalistic organizations, can also be seen as a form of collaborative filtering – sifting through the vast amount of information now available in online environments in order to discover the most relevant, important, or useful information for specific purposes or communities.”

It is true that there is always an overwhelming amount of content posted by citizen journalists, however this is usually where the traditional media outlets step in. It is common to see news stations sourcing out the best photo or video posted by a member of the general public and then using said source in their news story.

(Here is an example where citizen journalism has been meshed with a traditional media outlet.)

While I think that this new relationship between the general public and mass media outlets allows for more accurate and current news reporting, it seems that without even knowing it we are doing the hard work capturing these stories in the first place!

For more information on this weeks topic, listen to my recording on soundcloud!


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