When thinking about new media and its effects on policy, governance, and democracy, it is obvious to think first about the citizen journalism movement. This new wave of journalism exists around the world in many forms. A lot of questions arise about what citizen journalism might mean for participants and their governments. For instance, what code should these journalists follow, and what regulations should the government impose? What does citizen journalism mean for citizen involvement with online content? Are we going to be more active users, creating our own stories, videos and feeds, or is this just an oversimplification of the movement?
The idea that has been coming up a lot this semester has been connecting and conversation between people online. Is this the same as connecting and entering into a conversation in the ‘real’ world? Does citizen journalism cross over from the online world to the real world in a meaningful way?