9780745651958

Citizen Witnessing : Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745651958

  • ISBN10:

    074565195X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-04
  • Publisher: Polity

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Summary

What role can the ordinary citizen perform in news reporting? This question goes to the heart of current debates about citizen journalism, one of the most challenging issues confronting the news media today. In this timely and provocative book, Stuart Allan introduces the key concept of 'citizen witnessing' in order to rethink familiar assumptions underlying traditional distinctions between the 'amateur' and the 'professional' journalist. Particular attention is focused on the spontaneous actions of ordinary people - caught-up in crisis events transpiring around them - who feel compelled to participate in the making of news. In bearing witness to what they see, they engage in unique forms of journalistic activity, generating firsthand reportage - eyewitness accounts, video footage, digital photographs, Tweets, blog posts - frequently making a vital contribution to news coverage. Drawing on a wide range of examples to illustrate his argument, Allan considers citizen witnessing as a public service, showing how it can help to reinvigorate journalism's responsibilities within democratic cultures. The resultant book is required reading for all students of journalism, digital media, and society.

Author Biography

Stuart Allan is professor of journalism at Bournemouth University. His previous books include: Matheson, D. & Allan, S., Digital War Reporting and Allan, S. & Thorsen E. (eds.), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Chapter One - 'Accidental journalism'
Chapter Two - The journalist as professional observer
Chapter Three - Bearing witness, making news
Chapter Four - Witnessing crises in a digital era
Chapter Five - News, civic protest and social networking
Chapter Six - WikiLeaks: Citizen as journalist, journalist as citizen
Chapter Seven - ‘The global village of images’
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