In the age of social media, everyone has access to the basic instruments in order to become a journalist, without any skills or background. Recent events and the development of terrorism are relevant examples for the way news travel and how any person could be the one who is going to break the next major news. Therefore, this video informs us about the growth of non-traditional journalism and how it crossed into mainstream.
" So today I will be talking about the rights of citizen journalism in terms of it's effect on print journalism, it's effect on young people, and also it's effect on media in general. The right of citizen journalism I think really started, and is connected with the right of social media. The concept of being able to to be at a place and event of, you know, a fire, a war zone or anything lie that and being able to take a picture, or tweet it or have some kind of input on the event. And has meant that now people can go to twitter above and beyond going to news websites, or any kind of agency where they used to go before to get their news, now Twitter is the place to break news. This effect on the media in terms of the print media has been great, great as in large, rather than great as in a good thing. People now seem to see Twitter as being the authoritative voice in terms of breaking news, and it is of course though a double-edged sward with far more access to journalism in terms of citizen journalism, we also get far less authoritative or traditional framework to put events. To take an example, the Boston bombings, the bombings at the Boston Marathon. That actually caused quiet a stir on the social media in terms of one suspect was named and basically trialled online, you know, the trial by the masses, before there be any fact-checking , or any kind of real media actual proper inquiry, and it was the wrong person. And this of course is going to be a problem if one has the equal share in what the news is. I think in that sense citizen journalism is causing a real decline in analysis, being able to break the news first doesn't mean you're able to bring the news best (...) "