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The impact of citizen journalism engagement in Indonesian television on citizen journalists and society: A case study of the NET Citizen Journalist (NET CJ) programme

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Citizen journalism in television in Indonesia has flourished in the past decade, with two national commercial companies broadcasting citizen programme on occasion and three stations engaging in ongoing citizen journalism initiatives. This article uses a case study of Indonesia’s NET Citizen Journalist (NET CJ) programme to study perspectives of citizen journalists about the impact of citizen journalism in television on themselves and their society. Surveys and interviews with active CJ members indicated that collaboration between citizen journalists and television networks democratizes information by allowing a wider range of people to share information and perspectives, and drives positive changes in citizen’s surroundings and self-development in terms of knowledge and skills in news video production. However, potential negative side-effects are the high risk of being sued by injured parties and dissatisfaction about limited opportunities to have community videos broadcast on television.
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Keywords: Indonesian television; citizen journalism; democratization of information; media in Indonesia; news reporting; self-development

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000403861236 Universitas Indonesia

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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