Civic Journalism

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"Civic journalism (also known as public journalism) was almost a replica of development journalism applicable to developed Western countries. A phenomenon of the late ‘80s, its philosophy and practice attempted to abandon the notion that journalists and their audiences were spectators in political and social processes. The civic journalism movement sought to treat readers and community members as participants. This genre has abandoned objectivity and the inverted pyramid structure as vital elements of the news paradigm. It paved the way for the surprising emergence of social media, such as Lankaweb on the World Wide Web, which unleashed a profusion of citizen journalism. In Buddhist parlance, any namarupa (no self) can create its own brand of journalism and distribute it to a selected audience through one or many of the multitudes of social media." (