Citizen Journalists

Watching the Watchdog: Why Citizen Bloggers Aren't Journalists

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Bloggers' contributions can be extremely important to a news story. But before their information can be used it has to be checked by professionals. Only then, only if the information proves to be correct, can it be trusted and used. But times are tough. Newsrooms around the nation are being cut to the bone. Does that mean citizen bloggers who charge nothing are moving in, taking jobs away from the salaried professionals?

Watching the Watchdog: Notes From The Future of Journalism

Tim Knight | Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

These are my very own, real leaked documents about the fact that traditional, general-interest journalism is the crucial cornerstone of democracy and that social media threatens to destroy that cornerstone. They're written by students studying journalism. If you have any interest in Canadian journalism in our Canadian democracy you should read them.

Watching the Watchdog: Have We Forgotten the Media's Raison D'Être?

Tim Knight | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Traditional professional journalism is taking a beating these days. When challenged, both left and right sneer at is as "mainstream journalism," implying that its somehow tainted because it's general interest, rather than some rabidly one-sided screed. So allow me to answer back.

Watching the Watchdog: Here's How the CBC can Survive the Cuts

Tim Knight | Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

By now, you know most of the gory details of the damage. Ten per cent cut to the CBC. Blood on the floor. From some, wails of anguish. From others, roars of applause. The time of the great networks is over. The Internet and social media have won. But old media can save itself through storytelling.