Convergence and the Rise of the Civilian Journalist
Media convergence brings forward a multitude of new opportunities for journalism, and civilian journalists are playing an increasingly important role in how we hear about events.
- Above is a video I found simply by searching through recently submitted videos posted under news tags on YouTube. At the time, this video had exactly zero views. Several videos similar to the ones above are posted to YouTube every minute - thousands per day. Though this may seem like a powerful platform for immediate sharing information, however the time needed to create and curate videos on YouTube can negate this immediacy.
- Platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, also used heavily by civilian journalists, allow for more immediate and unfiltered sharing of current events. Just a glance at any Twitter hashtag, it's easy to find new and relevant information curated by millions of other users.
- The abundance of live and unfiltered information brought forward by civilian journalism is quickly changing the way we discover new information, as we are no longer solely reliant on legacy media. While the lack of a quality filter on many social network allows for incorrect and often malicious information to be spread, it can also encourage more honest and accurate portrayals of events within the public sphere.