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Another Addition to CJL

Breaking news from CJL.
Good evening everyone.
A few weeks ago I introduced the “Outdoor” photo division which is still in beta form. The Chief our editor,owner, and CEO of CJL, Mr. Mark Ivy gave me a pat on the back for it I may add, LOL.
The camera, crews, technicians are all in place, but our scouts are still searching for a secure location without interruption. And things are looking promising due to cooler weather, kids back in school and sportsmen.
But with negotiations recently finished in Indiana (headquarters), another division I’m introducing which the Chief liked is what I’ve titled “Mini_Trips“.
Yup, you got it.
Whether it’s an hour ride on a weekend or the entire weekend, this part of CJL is welcoming our reporters to share what you did to find enjoyment on your time off.
We think this addition will open more doors for all. And I may add, 1 “Mini_Trip” was already filmed this past weekend and is in final production now.
And there’s another “Mini_Trip” scheduled for tomorrow.
Bare with the Rochester Bureau for these releases.
You will enjoy them.

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.

Passwords for Citizen Journalists Live

The site automatically generates a password when you register.

You need to either save the password, write it down and keep it.

You can change your password to one which is easier to remember by clicking on log in and then click on the reset password or forgot password link. You will need to enter either the email address with which you registered or your username.

You will receive an email with a link to reset your password. Once you click on the link and go to the reset password page, you will be able to change your password to whatever you want.

Of course if you have any trouble, simply email me and I can do it for you.

Uploading Photos & Videos

To upload photos to your post, do not use Quick Draft.

In your Dashboard, click on New. This will open up the full post editor. You can use the toggle next to the ABC check mark to allow you to change font color etc. if you wish to add any text to your post.

Once in full editor, you can opt for visual (or what you see is what you get) or text if you know HTML.

To add photos:

Click on the Add Media button. It will open your media library where you can click on select files to upload your photos. Once uploaded click on Insert into Post on the right side.

Your photos are ready to share with the world!

Click Publish. To share a video:

You must upload to YouTube first. Copy the link location and simply paste it into the body of your post.

The site will automatically embed the video for you.

You are good to go.

Again you can add any text you want as well.

Click publish and show the world your talent.

Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

For a visual step-by-step of the procedures:

Step-By-Step: Photos & Videos

Click on each image to see it fully for step-by-step instructions on uploading photos and adding videos.dashboardtoggletoaddphotosuploadphotosselectphotospostingphotosuploadedphotosuploadingvideovideouploaded