I like participatory journalist! It makes me think that we are in front of a more democratic society. But in the other hand, it frightens me a lot! If everyone can now be a journalist then no one will be a journalist. It can improve our profession but it can dynamite it too!
As a student of journalism, my goal in the future is to be a successful journalist and this is why I am studying for! But the brand new citizen journalism can assume a threat for me and my mates.
The thing is that I love the idea of "everyone can just be a journalist if he wants", so I find myself in complex paradox! Even though it can block my career, I think it can be used by graduated journalists and get some benefit from it!
However, please, don't try this citizen journalism, people would be thankful: lol
The point that makes me feel grateful of living this period of History is that, me as a journalist, I have now the possibility to be in contact with my readers, to know their point of view and what they want to know. That is actually an important tool which improves so much the work of a journalist. Because we are our public! And we owe it to them!
And this makes me think that journalist can use participatory journalism, and get help from common citizen to build up his studies and articles. The most important is the feedback! This is very clear exposed on the video from a conference of Helen Hume:
Let the participatory journalism flow! It can help professionals! and makes our society more democratic. I know that a blogger, for instance, can have a lot of audience but it wouldn't have the same journalistic quality than an article written by a graduated journalist. Or yes?
Guys! take a look at this, you'll enjoy it! :
It is a great example of participatory journalism! as it says: "to the people, by the people"