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Last updated at 15:45 GMT, Thursday, 10 March 2011

Citizen Journalism

Man looking at a laptop showing Facebook

Citizen journalism was prominent during recent political protests in the Middle East

Stephen and Rob talk about citizen journalism, where people who aren't trained journalists report or blog their experiences. Citizen journalism has been a significant source of news in Egypt and Libya during recent protests.

This week's question:

Which of these six countries, according to figures from internet world stats, has the largest percentage of people using the internet?

South Korea, Japan, the US, the UK, India or China.

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!


Citizen Journalism

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citizen journalism

information collected by people who are not formally employed as journalists; their material is not always edited and published by recognised media sources


learned how to be a reporter through courses or lessons

social media

websites where people interact socially via different types of technology and software


a process which makes it easier for people to find out about and contribute to the information available

to publish

to make your work available to the public through printed or electronic media (e.g. books, newspapers, the internet)

media brands

well known companies or corporations which produce media content (e.g. the BBC)

to go through them

to read, analyse and organise them


confirm something is true

hasn't really been tested yet

not yet known if it works well in really challenging situations

valuable source

place where useful and trusted information can be found