Citizen Journalists: What's Their Role?

October 10, 2009

Guests: Jay Rosen and Clarence Page

By Newseum staff
"A journalist is a mediator, really. You mediate between the event, the news and the audience."
— Clarence Page

"There are people doing journalism whose day job is journalism, and there are people doing journalism who have some other day job. … The authority of the journalist starts when you are able to say, 'I was there, you weren't.'"
— Jay Rosen

Program Summary

Rapidly changing technology and the Internet have redefined who is a journalist. Guests Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune and Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University, examine the ways traditional newsrooms are engaging their audience and incorporating user-generated content.

About Clarence Page

Clarence Page is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune,where he began his newspaper career in 1969.He is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and "The McLaughlin Group."

About Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen is a professor of journalism at New York University, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. He is author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and is a leading proponent of citizen journalism.

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Appalachian Independent: www.appindie.org
All Voices: www.allvoices.com
Knight Citizen News Network: www.kcnn.org

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