In this lecture citizen journalism functions as a concept through which we may discuss the social responsibility of the journalist to inform the citizenry of a globalised and constantly changing mediated world. The lecture discusses journalism‘s complicity in sustaining implicit cultural assumptions and stereotypes, dressed up in narratives of legal frameworks and western politics and values. In view of the larger extent in which citizens are involved in journalistic production, and in the face of multi-cultures and multi-media, Blaagaard argue that journalistic practitioners as well as media theorists are called upon to rethink the foundations of journalistic practices and its social responsibilities. The lecture urges us to think of culture as a foundation of rights and freedoms, and journalism as a foundation of cultural expressions and understanding. If this argument is convincing it calls upon journalists and citizens alike to reconsider the way journalism functions in a multicultural and transnational space.
This lecture was given within the framework of the 2011 School of Critical Theory organized by the Centre for the Humanities in Utrecht. The programme was titled ‘G-local Cosmopolitanism: The Social Responsibility of the Artists, the Academics, and the Media’, and offered trans-national and interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the humanities, social sciences, law, philosophy and international relations. Its focus on the development of cross-national European perspectives in these areas, allows for the innovative use of key notions of cosmopolitanism across different national, cultural and disciplinary traditions. The school consisted of three clusters, which focused on Cosmopolitanism and the social responsibility of the Artists, Cosmopolitanism and the social responsibility of the Academics, and Cosmopolitanism and the social responsibility of the Media.