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Citizen Journalism: Power Of The People

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Anyone with a smartphone can contribute information from where journalists have limited or no access. Citizen journalists have become contributors to news media and are an important news source. How does citizen journalism evolve in the era of social media? What are the risks that unedited citizens’ contributions may pose, and how can citizen journalism contribute to public debate?


Luh De SuriyaniPrivat: © Luh De Suriyani

Luh De Suriyani

is a freelance journalist. Having chosen journalism as a way of life when a student, she studied at the Academic Student Press, Udayana University and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI). Since 2007 she has been involved in managing the media journalism of BaleBengong residents because he believes that citizens can also produce relevant information. She is currently writing on environmental topics for Mongabay Indonesia and AJI’s national internet board.

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Danilo Caspe

worked in Cambodia as a trainer and training consultant with local human rights organizations from 1995 to 2004 followed by a full-time position at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) until 2007. He then joined some of his colleagues at CCHR to establish the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and set up broadcast and online media outlets. In 2010 he returned to his home country, the Philippines, to work with peace advocacy organizations until 2015. He then returned to  Cambodia to continue working at CCIM up to the present as the Resource Mobilization Director.

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Justus von Daniels

is editor-in-chief of the non-profit newsroom Correctiv. He built up the network for local journalism Correctiv.Lokal in 2018. He has worked as an investigative reporter for Correctiv since 2015. Justus is a lawyer and was a postdoc at academic institutions in the USA, including the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, before going into journalism. The crowd-based project “Who owns the city” has earned several journalism awards.


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Permata Adinda

has been a journalist since 2018 and joined Project Multatuli in August 2021. She participated in the Citradaya Nita 2021 fellowship with the topic of “The Effects of Covid-19 on women and marginalized groups”. In addition to publishing with Project Multatuli, her writings have appeared in The Jakarta Post, Tirto.id, and Jurnal Ruang.