Keeping your source Close but not to close…


In journalism today, journalists are expected to be able to perform multiple different job responsibilities that would require a small army to accomplish, but instead it all falls on one person. In chapter 3, we take a deeper look at the relationship between the reporter and the audience and how one can’t function without the other.

The chapter focuses on three important reporting methods that highly involve the audience they are crowdsourcing, open-source reporting and pro-am journalism. Instead of just giving you a textbook definition of each, how about I explain what exactly these mean when it comes to the relationship with the audience.

In crowdsourcing, multiple users come together in order to confirm that information is correct or not, like for example on a website.

An example of this could be how individuals comment on YouTube clips when the information that is being presented is way far off base. How the community comes together in order to show that they in turn have more knowledge than just this one individual and usually the one individual is scared into silence by the crowd.

In open-source reporting, journalist pull back the protocol that other journalists and those in the media business follow, by showing the public that they can be trusted and they are in need of their help. This is more of an open relationship to build trust.

Like for example, when you’re on a first date and your trying to see if the guy that you’re out with is not a complete serial killer. So, you give him little test to see if he passes. You ask him questions that you know the answers to or ones that you found on Google or his social media platforms.

If he answers the way you know he should, then you begin to trust him. If you ask him if he is in a relationship and he says no, but there are pictures of his wife on his Facebook, run and run as fast as you can. The point is that in open-source reporting it is all about trust like it is in relationships.

In pro-am journalism, it takes the journalist right out of the equation and gives the audience a chance to be the journalists. They are the ones who are free to write what they want using the tools that journalists have access to. This form gives those with knowledge about the particular subject to put out better information that the journalists ever could because they are somewhat experts in it, compared to the journalists.

An example of this would be when you are forced to write a really long paper by your professor and you have this really cool idea about what you want to write about but you can’t back up your argument with just your word alone.

So instead, you borrow some credibility from others by citing them in your paper in order to strength your agreement. Even though it is their ideas and you are not claiming credit for the ideas, your borrowing their credibility on the subject. This is a bit how pro-am journalism works; the journalist borrows the information from the audience because they know more about it than the journalist does.

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