So you took a picture of a car wreck with your smart phone and you uploaded it to Facebook. You just started the ball rolling on the newest of new trends. Citizen Journalism.

What you lacked of course was the engaging article to accompany your photo as well as a platform where everyone concerned would be able to see it. Sure you have lots of Facebook friends, but by no means do they include everyone in your community that may have been affected. Citizen Journalism requires a platform where the photo and article can be posted for all members of the community to consume (like the TippNews DAILY).

Jay Rosen defined citizen journalists as “those people formerly known as the audience who were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very loudly while the rest of the population listened in isolation from one another— and who today are not in a situation like that at all. … The people formerly known as the audience are simply the public made more real, less fictional, more capable and less predictable.”

Unlike a traditional newspaper where reporters are paid to seek out stories of interest, the TippNews DAILY is made up any and all residents who wish to take up a camera, smart phone or video camera and capture the vitality and interest of our community.

If you have a voice and want it to be heard, the TippNews DAILY has a way to amplify and share your message with others. This new media resource is “of the people, for the people” and it is my pleasure to share it with my fellow citizens of Tipp City. I hope you enjoy engaging with the site and look forward to years of citizen contributions that focus on the great things we have going on within Tipp City.