Two articles are assigned this week. Read both articles. Find them in the Course Schedule and on Ares.
Ideas about journalism contributing to democracy are not new. Journalism operates differently in different countries, however — even among different countries that are called democracies, and where “free and fair” elections tale place.
Citizen journalism, crowdsourcing, and non-journalists participating in reporting about events — these have added some new discussions to the old ideas about journalists serving as a watchdog over governments and elections. In this week’s articles, you have reports from very different locations: the United States, and 10 African nations.
Content of the post: After reading the two articles, think about the connections between them. In one article, you read about real examples of everyday citizens contributing to reporting, and about collaborations between professional, paid journalists and volunteers from the general public. In the other article, you have the results of a survey. Your task is to compare the information from the two articles and think about the future of elections, how citizens get and use information during the election process, and what possibilities are opened up by new communication technologies. How are elections (and the reporting about them) going to change in all the countries that have elections? How will politics change? Will democracy change?
Discuss your answers to those questions, but stay close to the particulars in the two articles (don’t go off on a generalized tangent). Tie your own points to specific points in the two articles. Try to give equal attention in your post to both articles. Do you find any conflict or contradiction between the two articles?
You can certainly refer to other elections (including the upcoming U.S. election), but make sure you refer specifically to each of the two articles (without a lot of quoting! Quotes do not show your understanding of the article). When I read your blog post, I should have NO DOUBT that you have carefully read both articles completely.
Your deadline for posting is Monday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m.
SLUG: The TITLE of your blog post about these articles must begin with the words “Elections and citizen journalism.” You can add more words after those if you want to.
If you need any clarification about this assignment, please make a comment on this post. I will answer it here.