Why Citizen Journalist Sites are Worrying Mainstream Media

by Joanna Pineda Posted on November 25, 2008

Every morning, while drinking my green tea, I peruse The New York Times online. Like millions of people around the world, I have canceled my paper subscription to a local or national newspaper and instead rely on the Web to deliver the news.

But here’s a news flash: an increasing of us are getting our news from citizen journalist sites, or sites that feature news, photos and videos from people like you and me. Armed with camera phones and video cameras, average folks are reporting on news in their neighborhood and covering news from their perspective.

Here are some of the most popular citizen journalist sites and why I love them:

The Pew Research Center says “the audiences for most traditional news sources have steadily declined, as the number of people getting news online has surged.” Today, I can read about an earthquake in Indonesia even if mainstream media doesn’t cover it, or only covers it sparingly. Wow.

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