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CITIZEN JOURNALISM is not a new concept, there have been members of the public taking an active role in producing news for decades. But never has the movement been as strong as it is now.
Over the last two years, the ordinary person on the street has become vital in collecting, reporting, analyzing and distributing news and photographs.
Through social networks, media sharing websites and the all important mobile phone, citizen journalists have conveyed real time coverage of pivotal moments in history like the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and the London riots last August.
That is why the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust (CJET) was created, to help support the people who gather and share information that professional journalists cannot get to.
This month, the organisation launched a photography competition as they asked the public to take photos on their mobile phones, in order to win the coveted Street Photographer of the Year award.
Out of the thousands of entrants who applied from all over the world, one lucky person won the award, Kheoh Yee Wei, for his photograph of a street in Leeds. Fear not, you will be able to see all of the photographs on display at a special exhibition at the London College of Communication.
Street Photographer of the Year exhibition will be at the London College of Communication from March 5. For more information go to: www.the-latest.com