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Guest Lecturer to Discuss 'Professional Citizen Journalism'

St. Lawrence University's Department of Sociology will host guest lecturer Andrew Lindner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123. The event is free and open to the public.

Lindner, an assistant professor of sociology at Skidmore College and and trends editor of Contexts magazine, will present his lecture, titled "Professional Citizen Journalism: How News By Anybody Became a Business."

From mobilizing information posted during Arab Spring to videos of police brutality against unarmed black men to more mundane posts on hyper-local community blogs, the democratization of news making has been among the most important developments of the 21st century. While forms of citizen journalism have generated immense interest among media scholars and the pundits alike, there have been relatively few systematic studies of the phenomenon. Drawing on the largest sample of U.S.-based citizen journalism sites to date, Lindner charts the growth of citizen journalism to its peak in 2010 and its subsequent decline. Then, he describes how the growing professionalization of the field and the surprising resilience of for-profit citizen journalism sites have left a remaining population of sites that fail to live up to their radical reputation.

Linder earned his master's and doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University.

For more information, visit the Department of Sociology.