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Citizen journalists -- are they really journalists?

Posted at 11:57 AM on November 27, 2007 by Melanie Sommer (1 Comments)

The Washington Post has an interesting discussion today about the role of "citizen journalists," and whether folks with no formal training in journalism can carry that moniker.

So many news organizations, MPR included, are trying to encourage more audience interaction in a variety of ways. One of our more established tools is Public Insight Journalism, but we also look for less formal opportunities to have folks participate in discussions over what's going on in our world.


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Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger Disorder, so apparently that "explains" her exceptional singing ability... no I don't think it does. First, It isn't clear from her characteristics she has Asperger Disorder. She is much more socially capable and appropriate than is typical of AspDisorder. Even if the diagnosis were correct, would that help or hurt her? Forever no one would take her seriously as a singer apart from her diagnosis. Her diagnosis will be used as one more marketing device rather than treating Susan as a real whole person worhy of respect in her own right, instead of a mental disorder exemplar. By the way I have never heard of a musical savant singer, nearly all are key boardists.

Travis Thompson, PhD, LP

Posted by Travis Thompson | December 9, 2013 2:51 PM



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