Citizen journalism has provided space where the common masses can interact by contributing information or news of an incident where the conventional media has no access. It has empowered the masses to speak out for their own good.
Earlier, people irked by the lax judiciary and inept laws, had no option other than to wait for justice and their uplift. Elections were the only means through which they communicated with the government. By and by, improvement in the modes of media gave access to the masses. Resultantly, citizen journalism came into existence.
Citizen journalism is the platform for masses to interact with each other by contributing information or commentary on news events. Although citizen journalists
are independent, they are bound not to write anything and everything. Now, people need to be aware and take care for those things, which they used to take for granted earlier.
Blogging, text or video messaging of public viewpoints and communicating through social networking sites like Facebook
and Myspace, are some means of citizen journalism. In this manner, the active participation of public has gained momentum in India
over past two years.
On the news channel NDTV
, text messages from the viewers has forced courts to reopen long standing unresolved criminal cases and expedite the delivery of justice. After the tsunami and in the wake of terror attacks in Mumbai, eyewitness accounts sent in by SMSs supplied early facts about such incidents. They have often exposed inadequacies in disaster management and emergency facilities on the spot.
Citizen journalism has empowered ‘aam aadmi’ ie common people to stand and speak for the welfare of an individual as well as our society.