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Citizen Witnessing - Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis


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Acknowledgements page vi 1 'Accidental Journalism' 1 2 The Journalist as Professional Observer 26 3 Bearing Witness, Making News 56 4 Witnessing Crises in a Digital Era 92 5 News, Civic Protest and Social Networking 120 6 WikiLeaks: Citizen as Journalist, Journalist as Citizen 152 7 'The Global Village of Images' 174 Notes 207 References 220 Index 246

About the Author

Stuart Allan is professor of journalism at Bournemouth University. His previous books include: Matheson, D. & Allan, S., Digital War Reporting and Allan, S. & Thorsen E. (eds.), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives.


"This combination of historic contextualization, theoreticalanalysis, empirical research, and news case studies (citizen andjournalist) makes what could have been an impenetrable academictext, a lively, inspiring, and thoughtful read accessible toscholars and students alike." Harvard s International Journal of Press /Politics "It s difficult to find fault with (this) book. I hope thatit will change the way academics and the wider populous use thevarious terms associated with what has generally been labelled ormislabelled as citizen journalism and that the term citizenwitnessing, as Allan conceptualises it, takes hold." Digital Journalism "Drawing on a wide range of relevant work, Allan shrewdly rethinksthe idea of the citizen journalist by examining the journalist as citizen as well as the citizenas accidental journalist . Allan s intelligent analysisof both classic and bang-up-to-date examples makes this a keycontribution to understanding how journalism should bestdevelop." John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London "An important book that moves the current debate about the futureof journalism into a new domain. A must-read for journalismscholars, students and practitioners alike." Pacific Journalism Review 'Stuart Allan reminds us "'war zones are also people shomes." He critically documents how mobile and digital tools in thehands of billions around the world have opened up a radicalizingpublic service of citizen witnessing aphenomenon that is invigorating journalism and forcing democratic(and not so democratic) institutions to greater accountability andresponsibility.' Susan Moeller, University of Maryland 'Allan's Citizen Witnessing invites readers to think moredeeply about the everyday materialities that define acts of citizenjournalism in times of crisis, the very real risks and losses itcan entail, and the reasons why we will continue to rely on thecourage of its documentarians, and the contingencies ofhappenstance they face, in the years to come. CitizenWitnessing will be essential reading in journalism studies andbeyond.' Carrie Rentschler, McGill University

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