Participatory Journalism – Ferguson

Lievrouw describes “Participatory Journalism” as a platform that “…provides rich examples of local and special-interest reporting, editing, and opinion that simultaneously uphold and critique the traditional values and practices of journalism and the press”(120). With this in mind, a question that was raised during our last class was, is it ethically sound to motivate journalists that are biased? If dealing with the traditional sense of journalism, than many can argue that it is not right for there to be bias journalism. However, as we are becoming more modern and digital technology have been evolving and modernizing, so has journalism along with it. The Internet has now given the power to citizens to voice their opinions and speak in their perspectives regarding certain topics. With the death of Michael Brown, we have seen a lot of raw footage from the situation that is going on in Ferguson through the eyes of the people who live there or have traveled there to report on it. Furthermore, while the city of Ferguson maybe saying one thing in national news, we can easily look at the truths of what is taking place at just a click of a button when searching through the web. For instance, there are many YouTube videos displaying the attacks from the police against protesters and even to the reporters. It’s almost astounding to realize that any situation can be recoded on a simple cellphone or video/camera and thousands of people can see the videos and deduce for themselves the truth that is happening in, for example, Ferguson.

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