One omnipresent manifestation of disruption in the contemporary world is the end of mainstream journalism as the primary gatekeeper of public informedness. One piece of this is "citizen" and "community" journalism. The latter refers to coverage that focuses on the extremely local - neighborhoods instead of nations - and the former refers to non-journalists being the collectors and disseminators of news. Citizen journalism sometimes goes by names such as "participatory," "street," or "public." In this module we will learn the lay of the land - a quick history to provide context, pros and cons from the perspective of professional journalists and activists, types of tools currently being used, and hear from some insiders on where the phenomenon is likely to be headed.
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