Where to find citizen journalism sites — and how to start your own
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What is citizen journalism?
It is community news and information shared online and/or in print, with contributions written by users and readers. It can be any combination of text, image, audio file, podcast or video. Stories typically include user comments, fostering additional discussion.
What else is it called?
Grassroots journalism, community news, we media, open source journalism, folk journalism, bottom-up journalism, etc.
How does citizen journalism differ from citizens media?
Citizen journalism is a narrow subset of citizens media. Citizen journalism chiefly centers on covering news and events in your community, whether it’s a major news event that someone captures on a camera phone, or a podcast of a political rally, or coverage of a swim meet or little league game. Often, citizen journalism can fill in the gap in local news coverage that newspapers have abandoned.