After discussing the concept of citizen journalism in this week’s lecture, I remembered an article I read late last year– something that sat with me for quite a while. A classmate of mine posted a link to this article in our journalism forum on Facebook, “She Tweeted against the Mexican Cartels, they Tweeted her murder”
So basically, what went down, is this:
A private, and wanted, citizen journalist in Talaiumpas, Mexico– who tweeted about dangerous whereabouts and did much to help the endangered citizens of this state– was found (she tweeted her name and location as a surrender) and then killed by the drug cartels. After she tweeted posts warning citizens against this kind of social media activism, the narcos tweeted photographs of her being killed from her own account.
In a community where all of the problems weren’t being reported on (because the drug cartels had a hold on the local newspapers), a middle-aged physician, raged with passion, was willing to risk her own life in order for these important messages to be heard.
We learn that journalism is changing– in all different kinds of ways. Yes- it’s moving online. We can see that this is done by Felina because she used Twitter in order to reach as many individuals across the state. But also, our media has become so corrupt that we can hardly even trust what’s put in the newspapers anymore.
Journalism used to be about the bigger picture– the controversial pieces that made you think “yes, this is journalism- this is good journalism”. It’s only until now that the paradigm has shifted. With people like Rupert Murdoch running our mainstream media- telling us everything he, and only he, wants us to hear- it’s very hard for us to not just want to go out and do it all ourselves. If the journalists aren’t really doing their jobs at the moment (not their fault), maybe it’s our mission to try and do something about it.