The whole idea of being a citizen journalist is!
The whole idea of being a citizen journalist is should not be orientated to making money. It is however to be ready to publish stories on your door step that simple get missed by the media or before they get to the scene of the news. Making money out of reporting is defiantly called freelance journalism or professional journalism.
Also citizen journalism is about writing interesting stores about life or the problems of life these articles could be related to religion, politics, science, academics or in fact any subject under the sun that the writer feels would be interesting to certain audiences on the internet.
It’s not seeding article and not strictly geared to world news events that is the job of the professional journalist and those that try to make money out of citizen journalism are really trying to be free lance journalists.
Over the past few years or so I have seen administrators from this new revolution of web based news social communities lose track on what citizen journalism is about. These communities originally aimed at citizen journalism and centers for debate have found that news gathering is more attractive to the average Joe that wants to have a say about what’s going on in the world. That’s fine but when like on one or two social news web services try to pin another name to citizen journalism because they the site providers do not fully understand even what citizen journalism is about. Then other bright sparks think that a real citizen journalist, want to be paid for his or her services. If they did that, they could not call themselves citizen journalist as they become an employed entity when paid and that is called free lance journalism.
I wish administrators of news community would come to grips with the title of Citizen Journalist. If they offer money incentives, then what they are really selling is Free Lance Journalism. My answers to them is no thanks, but please send the money to a charity.
Unfortunately most of the services I publish my articles on, want to pay the members or there is a donation button as an incentive. But of course that's because they have had a misconception what citizen journalism is and most of their members also have no clue what its all about many are seeking compensation on some services even for just seeding news. The main idea of community sites for the administration is to make money from the advertising.
As I have started to run my own community site I am fully aware about the value of advertisement to make the project viable but mine aim is charity related to world poverty.
My thought and words are for the world and I really do not want copyright be a door stopper against spreading my ideas and useful wise-ness learned by the experience of a lifetime and hard knocks.
Hopefully now people that use the communities where I have published this article will now understand what the title Citizen Journalist means and also realize the title carries a responsibility of non bias non profit reporting and writing those that actually take on this responsibility as citizen journalist should be proud to be so and proud of the title.
I have ammended this article and that was due to a missunderstanding concerning a nowpublic personal email, that in fact inspired this article. The originator sensibly informed me that I had mistaken the intents of the email and it was not a spam attempt at members of nowpublic. I am sure that the latter is right I have therefore taken out the mention of the website concerned and wish them the best in their endevours to run a successful community.
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