It struck me as interesting yesterday when I heard a former reporter and journalism professor refer to training ordinary people to become journalists as “elevating” them. As a non journalist it made me wonder if that is how most professional journalists still view their work and trade – as being “elevated”? If this is a common view among journalists then no wonder it is proving so difficult for traditional journalism to come to grips with citizen journalists and the like? I wonder if indeed part of the mindshift that still needs to take place is not just citizens learning to use the tools of the journalism trade better, but journalists learning to dig in and learn more from average citizens and their authentic voices? Maybe some journalists need to be “elevated” too?
Elevating Citizens to Be Journalists or Journalists to Be Citizens?
By Paul Lamb
October 18, 2007
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