After doing some research on participatory journalism i finally found a good example, and explanation of what it is. On big news network websites anyone can participate in a news story and write their own story of what they saw in order to inform the news station on an issue. Participatory journalists do not have to be professional journalists, but are generally “amateur,” journalists or just normal citizens. Anyone can post a news story on a website, or contribute to a news story, and now all large news networks such as NBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, etc. allow anyone to become a journalist, and post their own news story that they have witnessed. If someones story is important enough and big enough their story might actually become an actual news story. An example of this is IReport, on CNN. Another example of participatory journalism is adding ones own opinion to a news story that has already been covered, or is being covered, and any citizen can become a journalist by writing about their own thoughts. I feel that participatory journalism is really just a new type of journalism that allows anyone to become a journalist whether they are a professional or a so called “amateur.” Participatory journalism is a newly developed division of journalism in my opinion, and can really only be done because of the advancements in technology and the internet. Without advancement in technology people couldn’t report their own news on large news networks, or write their own opinions on stories being covered because there would be no websites available to allow us do to so. Anyone can become a journalist nowadays due to the internet, and one doesn’t have to actually become a professional in order to voice their opinion, or own news story. I think most news stories are going to come from participatory journalists who are “amateur” writers in the future because the internet allows normal citizens to do so. Here is a link to one of many sites i looked at, and the site i feel most describes what participatory journalism really is.