Citizen journalism: How technology transforms journalism business through citizen-reporters in Nigeria

Olubunmi P. Aborisade, Caroline Howard, Debra Beasley, Richard Livingood

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Recent national and international developments are demonstrating the power of technology to transform communication channels, media sources, events, and the fundamental nature of journalism. Technological advances now allow citizens to record and instantly publicize information and images for immediate distribution on ubiquitous communication networks using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. These technologies are enabling non-journalists to become "citizen reporters" (also known as "citizen journalists"), who record and report information over informal networks or via traditional mass media channels. Against the background of media repression in Nigeria, the article reports on a study that examined the impacts of technology on the journalism business as a way of understanding how citizen-reporters impact the journalism business in Nigeria. Specifically, the focus of the study was on Nigerian citizen-reporters (bloggers, social media, online news, and online discussion groups), their roles, and the impacts on Nigeria's political struggle, free press, and free speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrategic Adoption of Technological Innovations
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781466627833
ISBN (Print)1466627824, 9781466627826
StatePublished - Jan 31 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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