♦ Citizen journalism is self-created contents, where an individual citizen plays an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing, and disseminating news and information.
♦ Are the bloggers from media houses and blogger from social sites like WordPress are same?
We are the generation of 21st century; enjoying the social media. Whatever the form is, we had Media before, have now and will have it tomorrow as well. Due to advanced information technology (IT) our small village has been now becomes a global village. Government, consumer and public sector are the stakeholders to run this global village and economy as a whole. Due to today’s asymmetric information consumer sector is not strong as like other two. These three sectors must be equally responsible to make global village better for all, not for only few elite. Do the social media empower consumer society or they just exploit the mind and resources especially time for the benefit of others? I am, here, looking into the role of social media, especially citizen journalism for a strong consumer society.
Consumers are believed as the god of the market. In other words consumers are the markets of the products. So consumers must be protected and empowered in line with free market economy. The protection and promotion of the consumer’s interests is known as consumerism. Consumerism sometimes referred to as a policy that promotes greed, but it is more than a movement of protecting and promoting the consumer’s safety and standard that is essentials of market economy. It is the right time to analyse whether the social media fill the gap of information.
The concept of citizen journalism is an active role played by an individual citizen in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing, and disseminating news and information. It is also known as “public”, “participatory”, “democratic”, “guerrilla” or “street” journalism. Courtney C. Radsch defines citizen journalism “as an alternative and activist form of news gathering and reporting that functions outside mainstream media institutions, often as a response to shortcomings in the professional journalistic field,  Many bloggers consider themselves as a ‘citizen journalist’ and a provider of the ‘diversity’ that today’s democracy needs than traditional journalists. They weaken the control of major mainstream gatekeepers and pride themselves on being the ‘watch-dog’ of the traditional watch-dog media.
Citizen journalism should not be confused with community journalism or civic journalism, Collaborative journalism, Social Journalism which are practiced by professional journalists.Citizen journalism is a specific form of both citizen media and user generated content. 
As an ethical issue ‘‘Apple Computers filed a lawsuit against several California bloggers who had revealed company secrets on their websites. As journalists in California (and about 30 other U.S. states) have “shield laws” to protect them from revealing their source, the question was whether bloggers too have this right. In his ruling, the judge side-stepped the question of whether bloggers were journalists.
Ethical Issues: Are bloggers from media house and social sites the same?
The first and foremost obligation of journalism is truth, but the question is: are bloggers journalists? Do they need to abide by the same rules as traditional, professional journalists? Are the bloggers from media house and blogger from social sites like WordPress are same? These questions should be hotly debated within academia, journalism and the blogging community as well.
By raising ethical issues ‘‘Apple Computers filed a lawsuit against several California bloggers who had revealed company secrets on their websites. As journalists in California (and about 30 other U.S. states) have “shield laws” to protect them from revealing their sources, the question was whether bloggers too have this right. In his ruling, the judge side-stepped the question of whether bloggers were journalists.’’ ‘‘Courts have just begun to address cases involving non-professional journalists seeking the protections of the reporter’s privilege.’’
Courts and commentators have argued that because the rise of bloggers and other “citizen journalists” renders it difficult to define who counts as a reporter entitled to invoke the privilege, its continued existence is in grave doubt. Brad Badelt wrote that “Today’s audience want to be part of the media, rather than passive receivers. Not only do they want to comment on the news, they want to be part of creating it.” 
Basically, for me, ‘‘blogging is not social MEDIA, but it is SOCIAL media, meaning blogging is more social interaction than media’’  Blogging isn’t just about publishing. It’s about sharing, commenting, and connecting… To be continued for the followings…
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