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CJ: Need of hour or result of media incapability
CJ has become a huge hit, be it on the net, or television or even FM Radio channels. The true symbol of people participation in current affairs has finally arrived in the form of CJ. No second thoughts on its existence or its impacts on society

IT IS like a old proverb in Tamil "Dropping of the fruit when a crow alighted on the tree..." The Citizen Journalism (CJ) has surely come along the way for many people who wants to share their ideas, thoughts and opines on the happenings around them, and also around the entire world. For those who wants to explore and dig out more on particular interests and events, the CJ has become a platform that enjoins its own potential and capabilities to ease-out and speed-up things much better than any other means of journalism, some times. The CJ people have freedom of expression and can go to the extent of any heights to dig-out the truth and expose the true picture of an affair or issue.

Pondering over the question of “Is CJ the need of the hour?”, it would be rather faultier from all of us. In a rapidly changing and busier world of these days, actually people do not have time to watch what is happening next to them. Most of us are reluctant to get indulged in others’ matters, (public or private) so deeply to bring a change in their world. But, clearly this is not going to be the state forever. There are exceptions for every rule! Some of us are really spontaneous and get hooked into any of the affairs so easily and could quickly react to them.
CJ have contributed a lot to the media, intimated a quite a few of items and has brought the best of the affairs on the roads in amusing ways. Television or Internet or Radio, have got their own setup and network of people to cover most of the parts of the world. They work upon certain pre-defined strategies and rules that governs them, which often sounds boring. Naturally, their news items and programs reflect the same stereotypes making the viewers and listeners to get off the channels.
Nowadays, the CJ has come for the rescue here. Media could make use of CJ inputs and make their programs more interesting and colorful. They could eventually establish connections to the spot and provide online, live experience of the episode. CJ could actually make the media more capable and influential in the minds of public, of course, by the public itself. But, it cannot be taken for the inability of the media to produce the same effect and tantrum as done by the CJ. CJ has become a necessity and inherent part of the media itself. It was born out of an evolution in the media industry as it happens in any other places. It cannot be mistaken as an incompetence from the part of media as we need to welcome any new invention.

So, coming back to the question of "Is CJ the need of the hour?", one has to respond with a counter question: "For whom, Media or the Public?"

Become a citizen journalist today. 

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