Learn the ways that ordinary people can document and expose wrongdoing, including monitoring news coverage for breaches of journalism standards, by examining a series of case studies.
News literacy topics
Digital citizenship; Investigative journalism/watchdog role; Social media; Standards of quality journalism
“Examples of citizen watchdogs go back as far as there have been individuals to witness events and help bring them to the public’s attention. But, the widespread availability of video cameras, especially cell phone cameras, the Internet and social media have empowered more people than ever to play a watchdog role in more ways than ever. That means you – yes, you – also have the power to be a citizen watchdog, drawing attention to wrongdoing or injustice. As we take a look at the examples I mentioned, we’ll study how citizen watchdogs have helped document and bring public attention to important events. And along the way, we’ll also consider the challenges and opportunities of this evolving form of civic engagement.”