Recently a lot of my time has been dedicated to writing my Honours thesis. It’s been an interesting experience, and despite it being challenging at times, I have loved every moment of it. Having submitted the final copy just over a month now, and having some down time, I thought now is best to get back to writing. Below is the final dissertation which I submitted, feel free to add comments or send questions.
This dissertation is an investigation into two UK-based citizen media projects to examine what defines a citizen journalist in 2012. The thesis will examine the changing roles of the citizen journalist and how their roles have become more prominent as technology has become more advanced and accessible. Two case studies this thesis will look into are #citizenrelay – a University of the West of Scotland led participatory project which tracked the Olympic torch across Scotland using new media platforms to report on events. The other is a community news agency in Leicester, England who operate an independent media news centre, Citizens’ Eye.
The research has been gathered via an online questionnaire and data will be analysed through qualitative and quantitative methods. All participants in this dissertation have been involved with a case study project and will take into account their experiences, skills gained, opinions on what they see their role as fulfilling and where they see citizen journalism going in the future.
King, C. (2013) Citizen Media 2012: Principles and Practices. BA (Hons). dissertation, University of the West of Scotland.