One example of participatory journalism would be social media sites like Facebook and Twitter during the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. Though there was no specific site where people could post just for Occupy Wall Street, many people created Facebook groups, specific hash tags and trends that spread the news of the protest to people all over the world. For weeks before the network and cable news corporations started covering the protests, social media sites, mostly Facebook and Twitter, were the main way people found out about the events of the protests, especially before the major news corporations began to cover the protests. Even after the news journalists began to cover the protests, Twitter and Facebook still played a major part in the protests.
I first began to follow the events of the OWS protests via social media and after the news corps. Began to cover the protests I would follow both social media and the regular news media. Between the two I found getting the news about the protests from social media sites was more impactful and informational than getting it from the newspapers or cable news. The social media news seemed less bias when compared to the corporation coverage of the protests.


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