The Citizen Journalist
What's the big idea?
Media futurists have predicted that by 2021, “citizens will produce 50 percent of the news peer-to-peer.”
The future of news media will depend not on only how well they inform but how well they encourage and enable conversations with citizens.
The Citizen Journalist will be an online news magazine that collects content using an iPhone/Android app that allows the users to record video or images, and write an accompanying article, then transmit the data as a single package to “The Citizen Journalist” for publication. (Along with contact information for verification)
Describe the nearest player in your field.
The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com), Slate (http://www.slate.com), The National Review (http://www.nationalreview.com)
Online news, commentary, and opinion magazines featuring general interest and politics.
How are you different from that player?
The mainstream news media have yet to meaningfully adopt or experiment with participatory journalism systems.
How's the world different with your idea in it?
Currently a handfull of corporations controls the mainstream press. Online bloggers offer an alternative, but they are often lacking credibility.
“The Citizen Journalist” seeks to enable participatory journalism while maintaining journalistic integrity through built in verification systems.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
The free press is the life-blood of democracy. Currently the flow of news and information is controlled by a small group of wealthy media moguls. I believe that the quality of news and information can be enhanced by putting that power back in the hands of the people.