Context and aggregation: two of the best ways citizen journalists can add value to the media

Many mainstream news organisations focus on day-to-day news and consequently don’t often afford the publishing space or resources to provide a thorough background to ongoing stories and issues. As a citizen journalist, you have the opportunity to fill this gap, creating meaningful content that has the capacity to increase your audience, raise your profile and build a good reputation if done well. Take the example of AusVotes2013. It has begun listing all the major parties’ election policies in plain English, starting with those of the Coalition. The blog declares that its aim is “to provide the observations, analysis and opinion that are missing in the traditional media’s coverage of the election. In short, to provide the perspectives that we wish… Read More →