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Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World

51 major universities study citizen journalism

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World
Citizen journalism, once the butt of jokes by professional journalists, is now studied by over 51 major universities around the world. The website (who’s researching what?) recently posted a list of major universities where citizen journalism is being taught, studied or researched on some level. Here’s the link to their list:

As Catalyst-in-Chief of the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I’m pleased to see that some J-schools now recognize the role that John and Jane Doe journalists have in the future of the media.
In our attempt to expand the professionalism of citizen journalists, my partner, Susan Carson Cormier, and I have recently published “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” Aspiring and active citizen journalists will find a wealth of information in this 200+page book. For information about our book, visit

Citizen Journalists Active and Effective in South Africa
The oldest independent newspaper in South Africa, Grocott’s Mail, actively recruits, trains and employs citizen journalists.

The first edition of Grocott’s Mail hit the streets of Grahamstown, South Africa on May 11, 1870, making it well over 100-years-old. But don’t let the old age of this newspaper fool you. It has an online edition ( includes a selection of Grahamstown news from the print edition, as well as web-exclusive content including multimedia offerings. It is staffed and operated by Grocott's Mail as well as staff and students in the New Media Lab at the Rhodes University School of Journalism & Media Studies.

Not only are they on the cutting edge of online journalism, their aggressive recruiting and training program for citizen journalists, makes them of special interest to me. Take a few minutes and check out their website, training programs, etc. I think you’ll be impressed. Here is the link:

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Dr. Ron Ross is a publisher, author, speaker, radio personality residing in Loveland, Colorado. He is the author of two published books and several e-books. He is the host of Tidbits Radio on 1310KFKA-AM and on He writes a weekly motivational and inspirational column that is published in a variety of newspapers.