As we each learn how to be citizen journalists maybe we should think about who we are and what our journalistic personality or motivation might me.
Here are some descriptive words to consider. Are you an:
Aggregator – Someone who collects information from other people or an Analyst who interprets what others say and do?
Perhaps you are an Activist – someone who believes in and promotes a cause or an Agitator – someone who creates and fuels controversy for some political or personal agenda.
Maybe Adviser – someone who recommends a course of action or perhaps an Observer – I ran out of words that start with “A.”
Understand who you are and your motivation then be yourself. You are your greatest asset.
Media professionals assume multiple roles either consciously or unconsciously based on what we believe others want us to be. It is far more important to embrace who we are and understand what motivates us in order to effectively sell ourselves to a discerning audience.