Citizen Journalism

Smartphone and Internet: Weapon of Choice for Young Citizen Journalists

 

Attending the training for the first time, Mr. Noun Vansuy, a young Prey Slang activist from Preah Vihear province about 350 km away from Phnom Penh, said that he did not know such training existed before. Ruined by poverty, Vansuy could only finish primary school. The conscience of the man with less education, however, is brilliant. The willingness for environmental conservation and community common interests has earned Vansuy a great deal of respect. “My motivation to protect the environment existed several years ago. It was a day when I attended training about forestry law and I was inspired by how youth movement could help prevent deforestation,” Vansuy recalled.

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Bridging Forum: Connecting Citizen Journalists with Professional Journalists

 

While Citizen Journalists (CJs) and Professional Journalists (PJs) work to achieve the ultimate goal of fact finding and reporting, it is obvious that CJs remain, to some extent, far behind PJs, given the lack of technical skills and experience.

To cope with these challenges, the annual “Bridging Forum,” organized by Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), a leading institution in training CJs, was held on November 20, 2016 with the participation of His Excellency Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, representatives from CCIM’s partners, professional journalists, citizen journalists and university students.

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Citizen Journalists: Small Contribution, Big Impact on Society

With the cooperation between Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and Denmark-based DanChurchAid (DCA), a three-day training course on citizen journalism has just been conducted from 4 to 6 November 2016.

Even though the rapid advancement of information technologies has encouraged citizens to play more constructive roles in information dissemination, the lack of professionalism in certain area, such as art of news writing, codes of ethics, photography skills and techniques for information, communication technology (ICT) security remains the critical challenge for citizen journalists to perform their jobs effectively.

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Bringing the Voice of the Voiceless: A Citizen Journalist's Dream

“I want to be a journalist because I will be able to help bring the voice of the voiceless out to claim their rights and justice.”

When his community was forced off their land in 2009 by an economic land concession, 42-year- old Hun Dimo felt the need to tell their story. Displaced in a temporary community dubbed “Sen Serey,” Dimo and his fellow villagers found themselves in dire straits, without access to clean water, toilet facilities or public health services.

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Citizen Journalists receive specialized video training

 Nine specially trained video citizen journalists (CJs) have been working with the VOD Online TV team since January to file video reports for the online news channel.  In the first three months of the year alone, the CJs produced 42 video reports on issues including land grabs, human rights abuses and environmental protection, said VOD Online TV Manager Mak Chanden

“The CJs that we trained are teachers, VOD audience members, land activists and monks. We have equipped them with smartphones as the tool they use to film and report back to us. They are very active,” Chanden said.

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