Basically, a citizen journalist is anyone who blogs, tweets, Facebooks, podcasts, YouTubes, emails or newsletters about newsworthy events and issues outside the auspices of a corporate employer or sponsor.
Corporate media organizations will sometimes have their employees blog on their corporate Websites. This is called “j-blogging.” It’s not citizen journalism. They are still employed by the soulless corporate entity. They can be fired at any time by the soulless corporate entity. They still take direction from the soulless corporate entity.
If the soulless corporate entity has decided to control the news in certain ways, the j-blogger MUST comply.
This is why blogging rules. It’s just one guy deciding to let it all hang out. If one particular blogger doesn’t report, another blogger will. Or another. Or another.
Freedom rocks. People Powered Media rocks.