Diversity, Interactive Journalism, & Citizen Journalism

Twitter is one vehicle changing the face of news today. {Thanks, AP}

Twitter is one vehicle changing the face of news today. {Thanks, AP}

Over the course of these last several weeks a lot of attention has been paid to Twitter and how it has changed how the media reports on certain events from the protests and demonstrations following Iran’s disputed presidential election to the death of celebrities such as Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and Billy Mays.

Greater use of new media tools by “legitimate” news outlets goes to show a desire to participate in interactive journalism.

Yes, believe it or not the consumers of news are the very ones impacting how the news is in fact covered from simply responding to the content offered, or contributing content of their own, the era of the citizen journalist is here to stay.

An interesting article chronicles the takeover of Twitter by the viewers of  2009 BET Awards show.

The post raises an important issue, contributions by groups frequently unrepresented when it comes to citizen journalism, could have unexpected consequences.

So how do you ensure that there is diversity amongst citizen journalists when the same question has been posed to the traditional media for so long?