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March 25, 2007


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Mr. Editor,
Being a journalist yourself, you should come up with ideas to promote citizen journalists.

However, I can understand your frustrations. Since the goverment is deaf and dumb, it's our duty to make it hear and speak.

do you really believe that a small country like nepal, which is totally dependent on others (like for the instance, to form a cabinet also they are waiting for a green signal) can benefit from blogging.

the government in nepal is not only deaf but it is dumb also, it can neither listen nor speak. how can 'citizen reporters' help such a crippled and paralysed- government?

the foreigners are taking all the benefits of democracy and economic liberalization and nepalese are still suffering, i don't know how your 'citizen reporters' can help.

It's a good thinking to let people face up to the "citizen journalism" phenomenon today. However, citizen journalism still cannot replace the professional journalists because the general citizen do not know how to present the news they found exactly. There are so many Internet rumors were written anywhere, that is because gatekeeper hard to control the news resource in time. But it is causing readers easy to believe- people usually don't check the news' credibility, only journalists do that! Therefore, I still must say citizen reports have news values to provide journalists to track.

Yes, there is anarchy in the Internet.
ANd, I don't see a point to disagree with Lindsey.

Being a journalist myself the thought that anyone with a camera and access to the internet can become a "journalist" is an idea that has its pros and cons. These jouranlists have not studied journalism or ethics at length. With that being said, I feel citizen journalists are bringing about ideas and issues to the surface where some media outlets fail citizens. I agree with Lindsey B, the term "alternative reporting" seems to be the best fit for this medium.

I agree with Vahsek's statement that any conscious citizen can be a journalist, but Lindsey also brings up a very valid point about media ethics that should be considered. Clearly, there are issues to sort through, and defining the phenomena is a great place to start, but I feel this challenge is similar to writing one definition of public relations that all practitioners will subscribe to. We each have different purposes and goals making that a task of some difficulty. Couldn't the same be true for naming and defining citizen journalists and the environments in which they publish?

As a former professional newspaper journalist, I admit I roll my eyes when I hear about most so-called “citizen journalists.” I fear that these people may not have an understanding of journalism or media ethics. Don’t get me wrong – a few of them publish outstanding, thought provoking, untold stories. However, the Internet has created a venue so any person who wants may instantly publish anything he or she wishes. As such, these people might better be known as “citizen reporters” as it seems like more of an all-encompassing term for their hobbies/profession. However, as people are generally citizens anyway, a better term for “citizen journalism” may be “alternative reporting."

THERE IS essence of mainstream journalism. However, what we call citizen journalism is equally significant in the present world.

A nice read!

Any conscious citizen can be journalist!

That is the essence of mainstream journalism. However, what we call citizen journalism is equally significant in the present world.

Though sometimes personal bias can be dominant over fairness, individuals are much better than business-oriented media in some regards.

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