I’ve been posting a lot lately on how citizen journalism influences the mainstream media and how different platforms are being used to promote it. But one thing that I have declined to talk about is…how do you even start?
We all know writing is just not for some people and that’s okay. That doesn’t mean you still can’t be a citizen journalist. Maybe you like to take pictures and tell stories through that medium. According to PBS journalist Mark Glasser, the first step is too simply start small and discover what you are passionate about.
Starting off in the field can be a daunting task-even for the professionals. But the good news is that there are many resources out there to help you get started. Whether you want to improve your writing, learn new editing tricks and tips, or find out ways to conductive a successful interview, all of this is out there and available.
There are many sites out there to play with, as well. You can find out which ones cater to your interests and go from there. All of these sites have their own functionalities and differences, but they all serve the same general purpose in helping citizen journalists succeed.
If you are concerned about ethical and legal issues or are wondering how to even make a story flow, there are resources available. This site shows you how to be a better storyteller in a matter of minutes.
If you want to get your foot into the door of journalism, then there is no need to keep putting it off. Once you start reporting and submitting content, you will develop a voice and with each story you will tend to feel more comfortable in your role. I myself am by no means an expert, but I believe all of these tips and links can be valuable and worthwhile.