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5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice

Citizen journalism involves those who aren’t professionally trained in journalism to take part in one of the foundations of democracy by conducting their own reporting and interviewing. The rise of social media has allowed the number of citizen journalists to exponentially grow where information and visuals can be attained and shared in mere seconds. But there’s been skepticism regarding the growing number of citizen journalists and how they contribute, such as the accuracy of information, how that information is portrayed, and a lack of standard training unlike their professional counterparts. >Continue reading 5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice

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First Draft: SPJ’s Gen J Blog
– 5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice
– Stuart McLean’s stories
– Freedom of Press and History of Journalism in America
– Social media discourse: Don’t feed the trolls


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