July 19, 2012 1 Comment
It’s been seven years since US-based Slate magazine declared – Who Is a Journalist? Anybody who wants to be. The conversation is far from over.
The media critic Jay Rosen has gone to great lengths to identify ‘acts of journalism’ as indiscriminant of the accreditation of the person reporting. In fact, the argument that bloggers are not journalists is one that should long have been put to rest.
The importance of acts of journalism carried out by civilian or otherwise self-declared correspondents has never been more prevalent in today’s news ecosystem. Take the conflict in Syria, where the local people picked up video or smart phone technologies and conveyed the news.
It should almost go without saying that they are at great risk for their bravery.