Twitter and the discerning citizen journalist






No Fibs relies on social media to broadcast our news. In particular, we are a Twitter experiment. The wonder of social media is that it enables us to disseminate news quickly – very quickly. Its inherent danger is that is also encourages citizen journalists to spread false information quickly – very quickly. As a citizen journalist […]






How to write a news story






The art of reporting is the art of simplicity. And as with the art of anything at all – it looks soooooo easy. Which is what makes it an art. Writing a news story is like writing a country music song – it’s deceptively complex. And a fantastic skill to master if you’re willing to […]






No Fibs style






Every organisation has its presentation style and No Fibs is no exception. No Fibs uses standard news style and we ask all our CJs to pay attention to the basics. The reasons for this are twofold: 1. our readers – consistency ensures readers are free to read our stories and reports without having to concentrate […]






Assumptions are death






Assumptions – we all make them all the time. As a citizen journalist, however, your assumptions can destroy reputations – your own, your interviewees’, No Fibs’. Journalists – MSM (mainstream media) and CJ (citizen) – train themselves to question assumptions. It’s a trait that makes us very boring at parties. “Really? Is that true? Where […]






Accuracy rules!






Accuracy is a key component of every single aspect of your life as a citizen journalist. It is the foundation stone of your work – and your reputation. It is relevant to the presentation of your stories and their content and your relationships (to readers, interviewees and professional contacts). Spelling and grammar There is no […]






Fact or opinion?






Yes, there is a difference between fact and opinion – and a credible CJ must be able to identify that difference. Facts are claims that you can verify by asking yourself a simple question: ‘says who?’ Opinions are thoughts that you or the person you are interviewing express about an issue, event or topic of […]






Mindful ethics for election bloggers and citizen journalists






By Mark Pearson, Professor of Journalism and Social Media, Griffith University, Australia 10 August 2013 Bloggers and citizen journalists come from an array of backgrounds and thus bring varied cultural and ethical values to their blogging. No Fibs asks its citizen journalists to follow the MEAA Code of Ethics, and the journalists’ union has recently […]






The basics on blogging and tweeting without getting sued






Margo: This is the third post in our series exploring the meaning of journalism. Professor Mark Pearson, an expert in media law, outlines the basic legal issues journos must keep in mind. by Mark Pearson May 29, 2013 Countless laws might apply to the serious blogger and citizen journalist because Web 2.0 communications transcend borders into […]






The art of journalism: satisfying beginners and expert readers






By Sally Baxter May 19, 2013 What makes a journalist? A lot of people – inside and outside the profession – are asking that question. If you think it takes a genius, think again. Good journalists have a representative of their audience in mind who informs every step of their work. My background’s print, so it’s natural […]