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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Not a lot of rappers would do this [flying over the crowd]. Only like me and One Direction - Drake #OVOfest