Be A Citizen Journalist

“Citizen Journalism” or Participatory Journalism is an evolving form of journalism through user generated content. When any common man in his capacity as a citizen of a nation takes up the initiative to report things or express his views about happenings around him then the occurrence is popularly termed as citizen journalism or participatory journalism.Citizen Journalists are not bound by the conventional term of a journalist.

Citizen journalists take up an initiative to express ideas irrespective of their educational or professional background. In a way this emerging form of journalism is promising a scenario of breaking free from media bias as well as taking local news on a global platform. Send your news and views at theindiapost@gmail.com , theindiapost@rediffmail.com

“Comment is free, but facts are sacred.”- C.P. Scott, editor, Manchester Guardian, 1921

The India Post Citizen Journalist Writing Guide

Here are some helpful tips about journalistic writing
  • Begin your article with the basic details of the story – who, what, when and where. Readers need to know the key points from the start.
  • Spend the remainder of the article explaining the how and the why, saving the least important info for the end of the article in case it has to be cut .
  • Use direct quotes when the subject explains or expresses something in their own words in the best or most interesting way.
  • Direct quotes should be on a separate line and should end in either she/he said or said Diana. Never said she or Diana said.

“We’re all the richer for a society which values music as a part of every child’s education,” he said.
  • Paraphrasing explains or sums up things the subject said without directly quoting.
St Hilda’s music director Janette Kelly said that the entire junior class, about 500 students, spent a month preparing for the big day.
  • Numbers one through nine are written as words and 10 and above are numbers. Two exceptions to this are when a sentence begins with a number you write it out (Twelve people attended the event) or for a student’s year level, which is written Year 6.
  • Quotations and action verbs should be in the past tense – he said not he says, she crossed the finish line not she crosses the finish line.
  • The first time you mention a person use their full name, Bobby Smith, but for the remainder of the article call them Bobby or if it is an adult or professional refer to them as Mr or Mrs Smith.
  • Articles should be between around 300 words in length.
  • Spell check your article and have a friend or parent , teacher read it before sending it in.