Which: A 'Citizen Witness' or a 'Citizen Journalist'?

This week, two journalist unions claimed that “citizen journalism” project, GuardianWitness is a threat to freelance journalists.

Launched on 16th April 2013, GuardianWitness is the next level in social media citizen journalism, but both the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ) and the National Union of Journalists were expressing reservations about the scheme. Anybody can contribute videos, pictures and text to fulfil ‘assignments' set by the Guardian team who will review the submitted posts. Posts they deem suitable will be put up on the Guardian Witness site (witness.guardian.co.uk/) and even shaping the news agenda that will appear on the main Guardian site.

Is being a reporter really the worst job in the world?

The worst job is being a newspaper reporter, or at least according to the ‘Best and Worst Jobs of 2013’ list posted on the Wall Street Journal. The degree which will leave me qualified to do the job I have always wanted, is ranked lower than a bus driver and a dishwasher. The jobs are apparently ranked based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. But it seems to be missing an important factor: job satisfaction.

God bless Jon Snow's tie collection

A strange thought occurred to me while I was watching the news a couple of days ago, the afternoon after Maggie Thatcher died:

 'Thank God for Jon Snow's tie'. 

For those of you who watch the Channel 4 news regularly, this isn't such an odd thing to think; Jon Snow as a news presenter is defined by two somewhat oxymoronic features; a sombre, effortlessly professional etiquette and delivery, and a range of wacky, colourful ties.

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