Citizen Journalism empowers the powerless and voiceless public with 'freedom of expression' and 'right to information', which was earlier stymied with the virus of corruption and insensitivity of the established media
is a model pioneered by the innovative media to give power to the powerless, voice to the voiceless, authority to the weak and vigour to the commoners; whose plight and predicament was ignored earlier. The fundamental objective of this concept is to empower citizens. But this ideal is still like a half-blossomed bud, hoping to flourish with time. This form of journalism has given sovereignty to the citizens who report the drawbacks in the society and give details of facts omitted by the mainstream media, which went unreported earlier.
With the advent of Citizen Journalism, many media organisations like CNN-IBN, merinews.com, Times Now, NDTV
and various print establishments jumped into the bandwagon. Citizens were empowered with ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘right to information’, which was often stymied with the virus of corruption. It’s not only the citizens who benefited with concept but the mainstream media also took advantage of the active reporting of the citizens who the first at breaking news. The footage of assassination of the US president, John F Kennedy in the 60s, the footage of 9/11, the first pictures of Tsunami and even the London bombings was taken by the citizens first and journalists later. The journalists cannot be present everywhere but citizens are and sometimes capture pictures of the happening before mainstream media. In the case of recent tragedies like 7/11 bombings, Rahul Raj killing etc, all these incidents were captured by citizens first.
In journalism, the ‘ism’ should come before ‘ist’. Every journalist, whether citizen or professional, is required to cling to a DVD of Desire, Vision and Dream to achieve better results. The boom in the mainstream media, which has given power to the ‘citizens’ to practice ‘journalism’ with accurate transparency, fairness, proper research, analytical judgment and good ethics must work – for the citizens, of the citizens and by the citizens.