What is Citizen Journalism?

Wondering what exactly is citizen journalism? Here are a some good definitions.

Oxford Dictionary

cit·i·zen jour·nal·ism

“the collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet.”


The concept of citizen journalism (also known as “public”, “participatory”, “democratic”, “guerrilla” or “street” journalism) is based upon public citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.”

Citizen journalism should not be confused with community journalism or civic journalism, both of which are practiced by professional journalists. Collaborative journalism is also a separate concept and is the practice of professional and non-professional journalists working together. Citizen journalism is a specific form of both citizen media and user generated content.