In the past decade, smart phones have given rise to a citizen journalism phenomenon. Normal, everyday people are capturing important world events with their Iphones (or other smart phone device) and disseminating it on the web to the masses. In effect, people without any professional journalism training are stepping into the mass media realm and challenging the very definition of what we traditionally define as a journalist.
We’ve seen citizen journalism in action during such events as 9/11, the Egyptian uprising and even the video that came out of UC Davis during their Occupy protest. It has become an important part of our world, as news is being increasingly broken via social media, and not always by professional journalists.
An interesting infographic from a blog called Frugal Dad found its way to me today and I’ve decided to share it. I think it demonstrates the power of the smart phone technology. The inforgraphic shows how more and more people are turning to their Iphones for photojournalism and neglecting their point-and-shoot cameras. While this takeover is interesting, the inforgraphic touches on the pervasiveness of citizen journalism in “media” today.