Citizen Journalism in North America (Survey)

Adam Pugsley & Lauren Dick

Throughout North America, citizen journalism is becoming the new way for everyday people to voice their experiences and observations through information communication technologies (ICTs). Using micro-blogging services like Twitter, and social media websites like Facebook, people have become much less reliant on mainstream media outlets for their news. We created a quick survey to gain some insight on the way people feel about this emerging trend, and how it impacts them.

Our survey contained the following questions:

Where do you primarily get your news from?

  • Media Outlets
  • Blogs
  • Social Media

Have you ever personally reported a newsworthy incident? This includes social media posts of incidents you have encountered.

  • Yes
  • No

If so, have you ever been contacted by media outlets regarding the news you reported?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I’ve never reported on any news.

Would you consider a tweet from a citizen journalist more or less credible than a tweet from a mainstream media outlet?

  • More credible
  • Less credible
  • Equally credible

Survey Results:

Where do you primarily get your news from?

  • Social Media - 60%
  • Blogs and/or Websites - 40%

Have you ever personally reported a newsworthy incident? This includes social media posts of incidents you have encountered.

  • No - 60%
  • Yes - 40%

If so, have you ever been contacted by media outlets regarding the news you reported?

  • Yes - 20%
  • No - 20% I’ve never reported on any news - 60%

Would you consider a tweet from a citizen journalist more or less credible than a tweet from a mainstream media outlet?

  • More credible - 40%
  • Less credible - 20%
  • Equally credible - 40%

Seems like the people we surveyed are okay with citizen journalists taking the spotlight!