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The Big Guy Flying in Rochester Bureau Meetings

Good evening folks! With all the activity regarding the eclipse and Pres. Trump and his agenda for tonight. The Rochester bureau is busy also.

The Owner,CEOr/Editor in Chief, Mr. Mark Ivy is flying in to Rochester to meet with Michael Mounts regarding him officially joining C_J_L, Rochester bureau. Mr. Mounts is an author, and well read man in today’s events and historical events also. I as G_M of the Rochester bureau think he’d fit right in.

Stay tuned.

Picture 1, Mr. Ivy Owner,CEO, Editor in Chief of CJL.
Picture 2, His private plane.

Possible new addition to Rochester C_J_L bureau.

Good morning everyone! Currently there’s a lot of activity at the Rochester Bureau. The Chief is flying in for talks to a possible new reporter, Mr. Michael Mounts.
Mr. Mounts is an active writer with 32 novels written to date.
Pic 1: The office staff are working overtime doing updates, setting up a new office if he joins.
Pic 2: The Editor/CEO, Mr. Mark Ivy flew in and just arrived in his limousine from the airport.
Pic 3: A formal breakfast will be taking place after the meetings.
Have a great Sunday.

C_J_L Opens Missouri Bureau!

Ron Logston from Missouri has just been appointed by our CEO/Editor, Mr. Mark Ivy to run the Missouri bureau.




CJL Turns One!

Rochester, New York Bureau Chief Slick Nick roused me out of my misstep in overlooking that Citizen Journalists Live launched over a year ago in an email on Sunday.
How could I have missed this first anniversary?
In reaction to CNN iReport shutting down for all intents and purposes, CJL was launched in November, 2015 to fill the void and as a place for former iReporters and other citizen journalists to share the news and world around them.
A handful of former iReporters did join. Some contributed for awhile, but have slacked off. They still view each day.
These days, primarily I am the only one posting on a daily basis.
Slick Nick is also providing input regularly.
Yet I still hold out hope that more will contribute as time goes by.
Originally the site was launched as part of From the Cornfield. The archive of those initial posts can be found by clicking here: CJL Archive.
But as of December 3, the site stood alone.
For those early contributors: Shari, Linda, Janie, Jodi and to Nick, I tip my hat and say,


This would not have been possible without each of you.
Celebrate with me as CJL enters its second year with hope and promise of a brighter tomorrow.
Mark Ivy
aka k3vsDad

Citizen Journalism Defined

So you think you want to be a citizen journalist. These days with almost everyone having a cell phone with a camera it is pretty easy for anyone to capture the perfect photo or a telling video.

Many of our active authors at Citizen Journalists Live cut our teeth on CNN’s experiment in citizen journalism – iReport. Most of us are still members of that community as well.

In my former life I was a reporter/editor for a small town daily newspaper in the Cornfield of Indiana   – The Linton Daily Citizen. It was perhaps one of the best jobs I ever had before becoming disabled.

One day in 2011, I stumbled upon iReport by accident. I was hooked.

But what is citizen journalism?

cit·i·zen jour·nal·ism (noun): the collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet.

Mashable puts it this way:

The concept of citizen journalism (also known as “public”, “participatory”, “democratic”, “guerrilla” or “street” journalism) is based upon public citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.” Citizen journalism should not be confused with community journalism or civic journalism, both of which are practiced by professional journalists. Collaborative journalism is also a separate concept and is the practice of professional and non-professional journalists working together. Citizen journalism is a specific form of both citizen media and user generated content. puts it this way:

Put very simply, citizen journalism is when private individuals do essentially what professional reporters do – report information. That information can take many forms, from a podcast editorial to a report about a city council meeting on a blog. It can include text, pictures, audio and video. But it’s basically all about communicating information of some kind.

The other main feature of citizen journalism is that it’s usually found online.

From Wikipedia were are told:

The concept of citizen journalism (also known as “public”, “participatory”, “democratic”, “guerrilla” or “street” journalism) is based upon public citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.

A premier authority on journalism in all its forms is Poynter. The organization and journalism school has a great article:

The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism


For a good primer before submitting your first article or if you are an old hand, this is very beneficial article.


Remember if you are only a subscriber, but wish to become one of our contributors:


Email me with some information about yourself, where you are from and if you have contributed before to such sites as CNN’s iReport, All Voices etc.

Happy Citizen Journalism!

Your Editor-in-Chief From the Cornfield,
Mark Ivy

The ‘Like’ Button & Comments

Have you noticed that there is a “like” button to click on to show you have favorited a certain report, article or images?

Try it out! If you are using a Firefox browser on a PC or laptop, however, it does not work. But if you are using Firefox browser on your smartphone, it does work.

My testing it have found it will register with all other browsers I have tried.

Know how frustrated many of us used to get because we could not edit our comments, correct spelling etc. with CNN’s iReport?

Well now you can edit your comment!  Simply click on the “edit” link and correct any typos or those silly auto-correct goofs.

Another point on comments, you can also reply directly to each individual comment. Simply click on “reply” directly under the comment you wish to respond.

The response will appear directly under the comment to which you are replying in an hierarchy format.

Members UPDATE

Thought I would let all our great authors know that our original site is back up and running, including all your posts as well as the comments.

You can now also check the “old” site as if it were an archive of when we first began. 

If you have forgotten that web address, it is:

My thanks to each of you who are getting us off to such a successful start.

Please, continue to invite others to share. If the person you invite and joins wants to be a contributor, let them know to send me an email with some info about themselves, where they are from etc.

Thank you again!

Salute to our  Citizen Journalists Live!

Mark Ivy aka k3vsDad


Falling Snow

Has anyone noticed that snow is falling on Citizen Journalists Live?

Christmas and the New Year are only days and weeks away. To get into the festive mood for this holiday season, the white stuff is falling.

But – unlike the real white stuff (sorry, Nick and revolt, you guys get clobbered with blizzard accumulations), the snow will only fall on Citizen Journalists Live until January 4th. Then the snow will disappear quicker than Frosty at Miami Beach.

Burro-ing – Direct Video Upload Test

I attempted to upload a video directly from my computer rather than uploading to YouTube first.

Here is the result:


As you can see it is a link which when clicked on asks to download to your computer or device.

When opened it does play and show.

However, in order for the video to play in your post, you need to upload to YouTube first and paste that link for the video to play in your post.