Citizen Journalism, also public or participatory journalism, is news, media, and information, presented and/or created by citizens, not necessarily for professional or profit-oriented purposes. Citizen journalism is often created to provide information that the mainstream media is failing to provide, or to present a social or political cause through journalistic means.
This is the portal page for the topic Citizen journalism. From here, you can find a number of links to information regarding citizen journalism in general, citizen journalism around the world, as well as to examples of IDEA citizen journalism.
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Citizen Journalism Projects at IDEA
IDEA's international, citizen journalism programs train students from around the world to create their own journalism using limited resources. Once the students have made their own public media, IDEA publishes it on its website. At the links below, you can check out media created by IDEA and IDEA students, and learn how to get yourself involved in creating media with IDEA.
Below you will find a collection of tools that can be used to create and to teach the creation of public media. You can also find a good list of citizen journalism tools at SourceWatch - Tools for citizen journalism.
Free and affordable software is essential for citizen journalism, so that any citizen can create media without requiring a professional budget. This kind of software does exist as an alternative to the very expensive professional tools. For example, Adobe's Photoshop can be replaced by Gimp, a free, downloadable, open-source image manipulation program. Another alternative would be to use a program built into your computer's operating system. For example, instead of using Final Cut Pro or Avid for video editing, you can use iMovie if your computer has a Mac OS, or Windows Movie Maker if you have a Windows OS.