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This week had been eventful in the arena of Citizen Journalism
As per a report in The Telegraph, Adam Freeman, executive director of commercial at Guardian News & Media, told a conference in Oxford that the loss-making newspaper was moving towards an 'open vision for journalism', whereby laypeople, who may not have any formal expertise, will be allowed key to the media group's future.'

NOW IF we combine it with the fact that The Guardian had very recently launched, a website for users to share local news, deals and events – then it’s a clear indication that Guradian will now be actively working on a digital media driven platform where citizen reporters will play a vital role.

In another development CNN iReport reported a completion of having one million citizen journalists registered with them. This, of course, will stand as a landmark achievement in the iReport team’s book of history as CNN continues to stay focused on bringing grassroot news through the eyes of common citizen.

Closer home in India INX media owned television Channel News X has started a show partly woven around the concept of ‘ Citizen Journalism ’. The show named ‘Speak Out’ was positioned as a differentiator program for the channel. However, the initial episodes give a clear indication of the fact that the show will follow the footsteps from the CNN IBN CJ Show where NGOs bring out stories of socially deprived people and the team reaches out and hand over the mike to them. In such a context whether any story that doesn’t seem to be eye ball catching or TRP empowering will find a place or not is to be seen. Also, for anybody who wants to hold the mike and speak out something diametrically different from the script is anybody’s guess. However, as an ardent follower of the concept of democratic media, I would at least laud the effort of the Speak Out team and hope other media houses in India follow suit.

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