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The growth of social media, including weblogs and podcasts, can be seen as having a significant impact on the communicative power balance between those who attempt to report the news. This 14 page paper discusses whether it is possible to draw a clear theoretical distinction between a someone working for a traditional news organisation and a citizen journalist with his or her own weblog and looks at what the role of the journalist is, or may be, in the word of social media. The bibliography cites 16 sources.
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In past centuries information has been through mediums that are restrictive, with inputs form a limited number and range of contributors. Publishers, initially through pamphlets and then through the press,
radio or television had a high degree of control, they could filter the information that was released to the general public and were also able to influence the way
it would be received. To be a journalist making the reports required not only the ability to report, but usually is deemed to include a responsibility to ensure that they
reported in an ethical manner. However, the development of the internet and the use of social media, such as web logs (blogs), and the ability of anyone to become a
reporter the dissemination of information is changing. More information is freely available to a wider audience than at any point in the past. The internet allows anyone who has access
to publish their own articles, which may be factual or fictional and may be published as views or reality. With this ability
to publish and access information and the increasing practice of participatory publishing, or as Bowman and Willis (2003) define it participatory journalism, this latter definition of the way that publishing
is taking place may be seen as more controversial, while some blogs and published articles may be journalism many are more personal and the style or context and content may
be argued as unable to comply with the usual definition of journalism. This can also apply to other mediums on the internet or that are freely available facilitated by technology,
such as pod casts. In this context, with a higher level of information and wide access it is undeniable that the role of the journalist is changing. The information