This taster session will outline what it means to be a ‘Citizen Journalist’ in the digital age, and what it is that might motivate an individual to take up this role. Students will be asked to question the trustworthiness and reliability of mainstream media news, and to compare these dominant news forms with everyday citizens’ reporting of events on various media platforms – such as social media. Students will then be invited to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice through creating and writing their own ‘Citizen Journalist’ reports based upon a fictional news-worthy event. Finally, the session will invite the students to reflect on the potential and limitations of journalism produced by ‘non-professionals’.
The session can be adapted to suit the age and ability of the audience and will provide students of any subject area a fantastic introduction to Media at degree level.
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Please be aware that we can only visit schools and colleges that are easily accessible by public transport and located within our target regions of Yorkshire and the Humber, North East, North West, East Midlands and South East. Visits outside these regions are negotiable on request, and require a minimum number of students to attend.