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What is citizen journalism all about?
Citizen journalism is viewed as sharing and dissemination of information by people who are common civic persons concerned with various issues and wish to express themselves.

Citizen journalists are not professional or certified journalists but have the skill to write reasonably to express their point of view to improve society by providing alternatives or making themselves and fellow citizens heard.

Citizen journalism is fast becoming the basis of democracy that encourages  common citizens to actively participate in social processes and express themselves about ground reality.

According Jay Rosen of the Wikipedia advisory board, when the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another, that's citizen journalism.

At times citizen journalism is criticised for lack of credibility due to biased reporting.  Nonetheless, it provides the point of view of audience. Some citizen journalists evolve themselves since they can blend the voices of common people for providing the new or counter point of view,

Here are ABCs of citizen journalism to understand it conceptually.

 A for:

•Audience and reader participation in news

•Active role of citizens in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information

•Audiences shape the future of news and information

•Accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires

•Average person can capture news and distribute it globally

 B for:

•Broad analytical participation in social life

• Bold diverse perspectives covered that are generally ignored by the media

•Bringing freedom of expression to one and all

•Bringing out of the self through venting personal feelings and thoughts

•Blogs movement

  C for:

•Collaborative and contributory media

•Content that is user generated

•Create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others.

•Capacity to communicate one's meaning around the world

•Contributors who are mostly ordinary citizens

•Communication is used as a common soft skill

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