Citizen Witnessing : Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis
In this timely and provocative book, Stuart Allan introduces the key concept of citizen witnessing in order to rethink familiar assumptions underlying traditional distinctions between the amateur and the professional journalist. Particular attention is focused on the spontaneous actions of ordinary people caught-up in crisis events transpiring around them who feel compelled to participate in the making of news. In bearing witness to what they see, they engage in unique forms of journalistic activity, generating firsthand reportage eyewitness accounts, video footage, digital photographs, Tweets, blog posts frequently making a vital contribution to news coverage.
Drawing on a wide range of examples to illustrate his argument, Allan considers citizen witnessing as a public service, showing how it can help to reinvigorate journalism s responsibilities within democratic cultures. This book is required reading for all students of journalism, digital media and society.
- Hardback | 254 pages
- 152 x 216 x 26mm | 480.81g
- 04 Mar 2013
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
14 Jan 2013
Table of contents
1 'Accidental Journalism' 1
2 The Journalist as Professional Observer 26
3 Bearing Witness, Making News 56
4 Witnessing Crises in a Digital Era 92
5 News, Civic Protest and Social Networking 120
6 WikiLeaks: Citizen as Journalist, Journalist as Citizen 152
7 'The Global Village of Images' 174
About Stuart Allan
Digital War Reporting and Allan, S. & Thorsen E. (eds.),
Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives.