The Guardian Takes Citizen Journalism to the Next Level

The Guardian is encouraging ordinary readers to contribute even more to its “citizen” journalism with the launch of its Witness app. The app provides readers with a simple way to contribute video, pictures and stories, and browse all the news, opinions and creations submitted by others.

Posts will be reviewed prior to being published on GuardianWitness, with the best pieces also featured on the Guardian site. People are encouraged to contribute to certain subjects with a number of “assignments” set by the editors, changing each week, ranging from topical news stories to types of photo or feature-type ideas.

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Why I’m Curious

Many news outlets ask citizens to contribute to their journalistic efforts, as most recently observed in this week’s Boston bombing and Texas blast. The Guardian’s Witness app takes this one step, further, by creating an ongoing hub and invitation for citizen journalism.  The appeal to have one’s piece published on The Guardian is large, as will be the clutter of contributions.  The real test will be whether the content holds up over time.  In addition to being published, they could attract more serious aspiring journalists by offering a temporary gig or number of writing assignments.

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