I have chosen to interview my 4 year old son on what he thinks a journalist is and who he thinks reads the news. Not because it is particularly “news worthy” but because it illustrates how in this age of new emerging social media platforms I am able to upload anything I want up onto YouTube and it can reach a global audience. It might even start to trend enough that it suddenly become news “Mum interviews her son” why not? If Twitter, Reddit and even many legacy media platforms (newspapers, magazines, TV and radio) can become transfixed by a black and blue/gold and white dress, why can’t the interview with my child be worthy of the news one day too?
Like with my little interview, citizens have become the journalists. News channels ask for people to send in their own photos or footage of natural and man made disasters as it has a more personal angle since the person often filming the content is actually directly affected by what is happening,this is known as participatory culture where people are active participants in the news (citizen journalism). This content can be considered more tangible since it comes right from the source as it is happening rather than after it has occurred and is a personalized experience for consumers. Also, with the creation of websites such as Storify anyone and everyone is able to upload their images, videos and text to the page so that they can collaborate with other user on any given topic, collective intelligence instead of one person doing all the research and writing the story, everyone comes together to build on what is already there. “Together, we are building a new information network that will give you the social perspective on any event.” (about us page, storify.com)
(edited according to suggestions made in comments)