I thought news came from journalists. Lately I have noticed that citizen journalism is informing the public more than professional journalists. I witness countless people obtaining their news information from blogs and social networking sites.
I even find myself learning about the world through sites like Facebook.com and Twitter.com. These websites were not designed to inform people about world news such as politics and sports but it seems that citizen journalism has developed within these websites.
It is easy to find out about what is going on in the world on a social networking site such as Facebook because many people post statuses or comments about what they have heard.
A simple example has been occurring recently. The World Series games have been on periodically for this past week. I personally do not watch the World Series, although I know that if the Yankees win this game they win the World Series. I did not learn this on the news or on ESPN, I found this information on Facebook. Many of my friends on Facebook have been posting all about the World Series. Some of them post the score when a team makes a home run, others commentate what is happening, and still others give their opinion about what needs to happen.
These posts and comments are not used by professional journalists, although the information is just as useful to me as an ESPN sports broadcast.
I learn about sports, politics, celebrities and many other topics through social networking sites everyday, often before I even hear about it on the news or read it in the paper.
Written by: Greg Borowiak