Citizen journalism is nothing new; it has But it was during the Arab Spring in early 2011 that this phenomenon became an undeniable force in our media landscape.
Jim Frederick, editor of Time International, says he had been aware of citizen journalism for many years, but the Arab Spring really made him sit up and take notice.
Frederick will speak on a panel discussing the benefits and dangers associated with citizen journalism and how traditional news organizations can react to citizen journalists.
Traditional news organizations have the opportunity to “sift signal from noise,” Frederick said. He said traditional news organizations should take on the role of editors, verifying citizen reports and making sense of the cacophony of voices now contributing to the global dissemination of information.
Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR; Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News correspondent; and Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor for CNN, will join Frederick on the panel, providing a variety of perspectives on traditional news organizations’ engagement with citizen journalism.
Frederick said this panel is for “anybody who cares about the dissemination of information,” and he hopes attendees will come away from the panel with a renewed appreciation for the difficulties of providing accurate, timely information to mass audiences and an understanding of the role they can play as citizen journalists, as well as news consumers.
Global News After the Twitter Revolutions is scheduled for Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m.