STOMP = Participatory culture of Singaporean Youths?

Participatory Journalism as according to J.D. Lasica is simply defined as individuals playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, sorting, analyzing and disseminating news and information- a task once reserved almost exclusively to the news media.

As defined by Henry Jenkin on participatory culture:

  1. Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement,
  2. Strong support for creating and sharing creations with other,
  3. Some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices,
  4. Members who believe that their contributions matter, and
  5. Members who feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).

Taking STOMP as a case study in making comparisons and analyzing similar STOMP-alike sites created in other countries that will enable us to further determine if STOMP is sync attuned to the participatory culture of today’s Singaporean Youths.

Citizen Journalism in India

India is a country that hosts many citizen journalism websites, for instance Merinews.com, Whitedrums.com , Mynews.in, South Asian Citizen Reporters Network (Sacrn.com), Purdafash.com and Rediff.com, just to name a few.

Whitedrums.com is a good comparison example to our local Citizen Journalism website, STOMP. The various functions/sections available within Whitedrums.com appear analogously similar in STOMP as well.  Likewise to the objectives and role of Whitedrums, in a way or another it encourages citizens to participate and submit news/ their thoughts. However, the participatory culture within their citizens from these sites in India as mentioned above reports more on the serious issues like Climate change, health topics, politics, environmental problems and etc. As compared to STOMP, the news contents contributed by STOMPers are considered ‘softer’ and less serious.

With the simple comparison and analysis made above, could we then depict the participatory culture of Singaporean youths (the main target audience of STOMP) works in its own unique Singaporean way?

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2 Responses to STOMP = Participatory culture of Singaporean Youths?

  1. I think the idea for citizen journalism in Stomp was a generally good idea to begin with. However, great ideas do not always necessarily materialize. Stomp is a good example.

    I’ve checked out some sites that you mentioned above (ie Whitedrums.com) and I think that it’s a great site because journalism comes into play. There is thought and consideration put into the articles, along with insights that help to inform or educate readers, like what journalism is supposed to do.

    One problem with citing Stomp as ‘citizen journalism’ is the fact that some ‘news’ stories are actually fabricated and based on assumptions rather than truth. There is no journalism in Stomp due to the fact that it is nothing more than a collection of people who feel the need to complain.

    I feel that The Straits Times YouthInk, The Straits Times Forum and Channel News Asia’s I Journalist are more appropriate platforms where youths have taken part in citizen journalism in Singapore. Hopefully, Singaporean youths who really have an issue to raise, will find better platforms to voice their opinions.

    Supernerd, Michelle (S3256366)

  2. Amber Or says:

    Hi there,

    I do agree that Singaporean youths can activitely participate in citizen journalism platforms such as STOMP, but while STOMP establishes itself as a place where Singaporeans can play the role of a journalist and report interesting/shocking news or incidents they see or experience, I think that just going by the roles they play in STOMP, stompers cannot be termed as journalists.

    Real journalists, who write for tv, newspapers, magazines or online websites such as Asiaone or Oneshift.com, will always have to be on-site to carry out interviews, investigate and gather facts before churning out stories for the eyes and ears of audiences.

    However, I very much doubt that STOMPers take it to those length whenever they ‘report’ a particular story.

    Whatever they see, will be posted up on STOMP in their own manner and how they chose to intepret what they see.

    Thus, my question is: can citizens be journalists? Afterall, they do not always conduct the necessary fact-finding and to abide by the professional code of conduct which journalists have to.

    Or Wenting (s3256373)

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