I created this video last year in response to citizen journalism and I feel that it is fitting as to recap citizen journalism as a whole but then use as an expansion on the notion of gatewatching and social media. Identifying how these have effected and changed what we have come to know citizen journalism and traditional journalism as.
Over the years the increase of citizens posting about news events on social media has taken the traditional media by storm.
[Twitter] was built entirely out 140 character messages but sum total of those tweets added up to something truly substantive, like a suspension bridge made of pebbles.
– Steven Johnson
With the expansion of such media platforms like Twitter, Reddit and Facebook the speed at which news and updates can be received is higher. Therefore allowing the explosion of information and the speed at which its accessed becomes more valuable. The example of social media coming into play by citizen journalists can be best seen through the Boston Bombings back in 2013. For obvious reasons the speed at which The New York Times could capture the fact and figures of the situation lacked tremendously and often portrayed inaccurate information. Whereas the coverage seen on Reddit was accurate and fast. However, there has been some backlash on the situation stated by The New York Times.
Although, in the light of more social media being used to convey news stories and any other form of information, big news corporations have taken to creating their own social media accounts as to keep up with changing times.