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ARC Year 3/2013 Research Paper
Sankaranarayanan Shruthi (23)

Question #3
Citizen Journalism undermines the future of newspapers. How far do you agree?

Newspapers are the original form of broadband communication. They are a periodic publication written by professional journalists. Apart from the usual printed form, the Internet has given birth to online versions of popular newspapers like TODAY, New York Times, etc. Citizen journalism refers to communication of information through online social media where individuals, not journalists by profession, report news that is disseminated to a global audience, who can comment and provide perspective on that piece of intelligence. Examples of citizen journalism sites include, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit,,, blogs, Wikipedia, and so on. To undermine the future is to lessen importance of, and to replace the function of something over a period of time. Citizen journalism is becoming increasingly essential in today’s fast-paced society. Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean that newspapers are losing out. Having been an important medium for precise and reliable news for decades it is not probable that newspapers will be replaced by citizen journalism in times to come. Hence, I agree only to a small extent that citizen journalism undermines the future of newspapers. I shall further elaborate my stand in the following paragraphs.

Firstly, reports made by citizen journalists are more frequently inaccurate than reports in newspapers. Licensed journalists, who author articles featuring in the newspapers are trained to write with objectivity. Contrastingly, public journalists are most likely untrained. Reference to this is David Weaver, journalism professor in Indiana University’s quote: “without the training and education that most journalists have, most citizens cannot qualify as journalists.” Citizen journalists, who contribute information online,...
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