Monday, February 27, 2006

pros and cons of ohmynews.com

Whilst ohmynews is a very good example of citizen journalism, there are various pros and cons of how successful this example is as a form of journalism.

The site has grown to be a very popular online newspapers with approximately 39,000 citizen reporters writing for the site. However many people may question the credibility of the the reporters on the website. Citizen journalists may lack the proffesionlism of institutional journalists and the articles will lack journalistic quality.

On the other hand, citizen journalists on the site will have more expertise and knowledge on a subject they are writing about. They will have written an article on the basis that they know a lot about the subject. The articles written by these online journalists will be more in depth and will contain expertise knowledge of the subject rather than an institutional journalist writing on a subject they do not have much knowledge about.

Here are some other links to citizen journalism websites:

http://en.wikinews.org
http://bayosphere.com/blog/dangillmor

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