Posted on August 10, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer


As we are discussing this week, a lot of aspiring writers are discovering that the Internet is a good place to publish and be read.  One way some are doing this is to participate is "citizen journalism," which includes (according to USC Annenberg):


  1. Audience participation (such as user comments attached to news stories, personal blogs, photos or video footage captured from personal mobile cameras, or local news written by residents of a community)
  2. Independent news and information Websites (Consumer Reports, the Drudge Report)
  3. Full-fledged participatory news sites (NowPublic, Third Report, OhmyNews,, GroundReport)
  4. Collaborative and contributory media sites (Slashdot, Kuro5hin, Newsvine)
  5. Other kinds of "thin media." (mailing lists, email newsletters)
  6. Personal broadcasting sites (video broadcast sites such as KenRadio).


A good example of a Citizen Journalism website is, where contributors are paid according to the number of hits received. is another great example - this is a global website which caters to local audiences.  SourceWatch has a rather comprehensive listing of many of the currently-active citizen journalism websites. has good suggestions and resources for how to get involved in citizen journalism, here.


Also see:  The pros and cons of 'citizen journalism'



Jennifer Pointer


 Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.

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