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- DescriptionWhat role can the ordinary citizen perform in news reporting? This question goes to the heart of current debates about citizen journalism, one of the most challenging issues confronting the news media today. In this timely and provocative book, Stuart Allan introduces the key concept of citizen witnessing in order to rethink familiar assumptions underlying traditional distinctions between the amateur and the professional journalist. Particular attention is focused on the spontaneous actions of ordinary people caught-up in crisis events transpiring around them who feel compelled to participate in the making of news. In bearing witness to what they see, they engage in unique forms of journalistic activity, generating firsthand reportage eyewitness accounts, video footage, digital photographs, Tweets, blog posts frequently making a vital contribution to news coverage. Drawing on a wide range of examples to illustrate his argument, Allan considers citizen witnessing as a public service, showing how it can help to reinvigorate journalism s responsibilities within democratic cultures. This book is required reading for all students of journalism, digital media and society.
- Author BiographyStuart Allan is professor of journalism at Bournemouth University. His previous books include: Matheson, D. & Allan, S., Digital War Reporting and Allan, S. & Thorsen E. (eds.), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives.
- Author(s)Stuart Allan
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication25/01/2013
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitleKey Concepts in Journalism
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight520 g
- Width163 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine20 mm
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