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Citizen journalism should be promoted
Some sections of the traditional media are increasingly losing their adversarial position. They are no longer the harbinger of progressive and democratic values that they used to be - they are no longer the defenders of the rights of citizenry


BUT HOW long can this situation continue? This is the big question worrying those newspapers and TV channels which still believe in value-based journalism. We can say that citizen journalism is born out of the wrong philosophy adhered to by certain sections of the media and that’s why it is being felt that citizen journalism is the need of hour. Gradually even people in rural India will accept citizen journalism once they realize that certain sections of the mainstream media merely act as a forum for drama, action and fun, all driven by financial gains. This explains the proliferation of media banners that launch news channels. In India, news media is a booming business today. But, if the news media is going to act just as a business tool ignoring its philosophy then citizen journalism will fill the resultant vacuum.
In fact, the basic task before media professionals of all shades is to promote human dignity, abolish privileges or stigmas attaching to birth and sensitizing people to liberty, equality, social justice, liberalism, tolerance and pluralism. To achieve this goal, a more realistic and scientific media is required. Direct participation of the citizens is also required to make the media more capable. Of course if the media does not shoulder its responsibility, then the alternative, viz., citizen journalism, will take its place. A new approach to understand the role of media must be evolved against the backdrop of the increasingly dominant role played by the electronic as well as print media. Citizen journalism is definitely complementing the media and fortunately it is being liked increasingly. It is a forum which provides a right to every citizen to become a journalist and definitely will accommodate all kinds of news from all over the country.
Traditional media is increasingly losing its adversarial position. It is no longer the harbinger of progressive and democratic values that it once used to be. It is no longer as stout a defender of the rights of citizenry as it once used to be. Now it looks like a profit-making industry. It is losing its real value. Citizen journalism (CJ) is the need of hour because certain sections of media do not shoulder their responsibility. Indeed “citizen journalism” is born out of the said incapability and it is the need of the hour as well. The only thing we have to do here is to create awareness about the concept of CJ amongst the masses and minimise the digital divide.

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