Citizen Journalism explores citizen participation in the news as an evolving disruptive practice in digital journalism. This volume moves beyond the debates over the mainstream news media attempts to control and contain citizen journalism to focus attention in a different direction: the peripheries of traditional journalism. Here, more independent forms of citizen journalism, enabled by social media, are creating their own forms of news.
Among the actors at the boundaries of the professional journalism field the book identifies are the engaged citizen journalist and the enraged citizen journalist. The former consists of under-represented voices leading social justice movements, while the latter reflects the views of conservatives and the alt-right, who often view citizen journalism as a performance. Citizen Journalism further explores how non-journalism arenas, such as citizen science, enable ordinary citizens to collect data and become protectors of the environment.
Citizen Journalism serves as an important reminder of the professional field's failure to effectively respond to the changing nature of public communication. These changes have helped to create new spaces for new actors; in such places, traditional as well as upstart forms of journalism negotiate and compete, ultimately aiding the journalism field in creating its future.
Melissa Wall is a professor in the Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge, USA. She is the author of Citizen Journalism: Valuable, Useless or Dangerous? and founder of the Pop-Up Newsroom.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Citizen Journalism at the Margins
Chapter 2 Engaged Citizen Journalism
Chapter 3 Enraged Citizen Journalism
Chapter 4 Learning from Other Disciplines
Chapter 5 Schooling Citizen Journalists
Chapter 6 Conclusion