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Citizen Journalism

Allan, Stuart / Thorsen, Einar (eds.)

Citizen Journalism

Global Perspectives

Series: Global Crises and the Media - Volume 1

Year of Publication: 2009

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XII, 277 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0295-0 pb.  (Softcover)
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Book synopsis

Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives examines the spontaneous actions of ordinary people, caught up in extraordinary events, who felt compelled to adopt the role of a news reporter. This collection of twenty-one original, thought-provoking chapters investigates citizen journalism in the West, including the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia, as well as its development in a variety of other national contexts around the globe, including Brazil, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Palestine, South Korea, Vietnam, and even Antarctica. It engages with several of the most significant topics for this important area of inquiry from fresh, challenging perspectives. Its aim is to assess the contribution of citizen journalism to crisis reporting, and to encourage new forms of dialogue and debate about how it may be improved in future.

Contents

Contents: Stuart Allan/Einar Thorsen: Introduction – Stuart Allan: Histories of Citizen Journalism – Melissa Wall: The Taming of the Warblogs: Citizen Journalism and the War in Iraq – Sophia B. Liu/Leysia Palen/Jeannette Sutton/Amanda L. Hughes/Sarah Vieweg: Citizen Photojournalism during Crisis Events – Farida Vis: Wikinews Reporting of Hurricane Katrina – Prasun Sonwalkar: Citizen Journalism in India: The Politics of Recognition – Heba Zayyan/Cynthia Carter: Human Rights and Wrongs: Blogging News of Everyday Life in Palestine – Joyce Y. M. Nip: Citizen Journalism in China: The Case of the Wenchuan Earthquake – Einar Thorsen: Blogging the Climate Change Crisis from Antarctica – Gholam Khiabany/Annabelle Sreberny: The Iranian Story: What Citizens? What Journalism? – Olga Guedes Bailey: Citizen Journalism and Child Rights in Brazil – Chang Woo Young: OhmyNews: Citizen Journalism in South Korea – An Nguyen: Globalization, Citizen Journalism, and the Nation State: A Vietnamese Perspective – Nico Carpentier/Ludo De Brabander/Bart Cammaerts: Citizen Journalism and the North Belgian Peace March – Lee Salter: Indymedia and the Law: Issues for Citizen Journalism – Ethan Zuckerman: Citizen Media and the Kenyan Electoral Crisis – Axel Bruns/Jason Wilson/Barry Saunders: Citizen Journalism as Social Networking: Reporting the 2007 Australian Federal Election – Tom Fiedler: Crisis Alert: Barack Obama Meets a Citizen Journalist – Stephen D. Reese/Jia Dai: Citizen Journalism in the Global News Arena: China’s New Media Critics – Jane B. Singer/Ian Ashman: User-Generated Content and Journalistic Values – Paul Bradshaw: Wiki Journalism – Mark Deuze: The Future of Citizen Journalism.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism in the Media School, Bournemouth University, U.K.
Einar Thorsen is Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Teesside, U.K.

Reviews

«When the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they now have in their possession to inform one another, ‘that’s’ citizen journalism. It is a global phenomenon because the means for doing it have been distributed to the population at large. Therefore our ideas about it have to be global, too. And we cannot afford to be sentimental about citizens or dismissive of what professionals do. Only a book like this can get that tough-minded conversation going the right way, which is the open way. In a word, the editors have succeeded.» (Jay Rosen, Department of Journalism, New York University)
«A wonderful sampling of recent cases with a truly global scope; a happy combination of new stories and the top scholars in online journalism. Going beyond theory, this volume demonstrates the variety and impact of reporting by the people, for the people.» (Mindy McAdams, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida)

Series

Global Crises and the Media. Vol. 1
General Editor: Simon Cottle