Participatory Journalism

One type of participatory journalism that I found interesting from our class discussion is the Huffington Post, an online news source. There are both positive and negatives that apply to this alternative type of journalism. It is primarily used as a business model that Arianna Huffington created to simply make a living off of. The writers/journalists for Huffington Post are volunteers rather than actual employees. They have the freedom to cover and write about any subject that peaks their interest while remaining unpaid. The Huffington Post is similar to the New York Times in that they provide news through online sources but they differ in that the NYTimes pays their writers for the content produced wheres the Huffington Post does not. The Huffington Post displays both divergent and convergent characteristics in todays world of journalism.

This also brings up an issue of bias. Why is it acceptable to take content written by people, post the information to a news outlet and make revenue off of their creativity and original content? Personally, I believe that all the writers for the Huffington Post should be paid for their content as well as given the freedom to write about any subjects they want to. In the way our society relies on technology and being informed about real-time events, participatory journalism is a great way to get this information out to the public. It allows for easier and quicker access of information and constant updates of real-time news. The Huffington Post is a great way for aspiring writers to start their journalism careers; however, not paying them and taking all the revenue that they essentially created is an unfair way to do business.

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