Citizen Journalism

Net Neurn, a woman citizen journalist in Kratie: “It is hard, but I am happy”

 

Her first job as a citizen journalist (CJ)

Ms. Neurn started her job as a CJ with VOD on 6 January 2015. It was her first ever job.

At first, she faced many difficulties in understanding the job and carrying out her work.

“I found it so hard at first to ask questions, write and report. I knew nothing about citizen journalism, and didn’t know how to use a smartphone and social media like Facebook.”

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Citizen Journalists Trained to Write and Share Information for Public Good

 

The fierce summer heat did not prevent the group of 28 young Cambodians in attending a two-day citizen journalism training organized by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) with financial support from UNESCO Bangkok.  Sitting at the right corner of a U-shaped training room, a young, well-educated and committed Cheang Chamroeun, who is a high school teacher, was challenging a trainer from CCIM. This is the second time Chamroeun attended the training for CJs.

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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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