Aljazeera Enters Citizen Journalism with Sharek

27 Nov, 2008

Citizen journalism takes more uptime on hot news, remember London bombings? The first images were shot by mobile camera, and today the first reports of Mumbai bombing came from citizen journalism via twitter and images on flickr.

So Aljazeera launching of Sharek (an Arabic word which means participate) is smart way to get breaking news and exclusive content for the channel from people who were on site. But those people have to know Arabic as for the time being Sharek is only in Arabic. 

Aljazeera’s Sharek is part of the new redesign of Aljazeera Arabic homepage, which is half way to full customization of Aljazeera’s news.

With Sharek users can upload news videos and/or pic through the web site, or send it via mobile phone or email to Where Aljazeera may publish it on the site or on TV.

Citizen journalism has been around for years now, in the Arab world Maktoob has a section in its news website that allows anyone to publish news. International news station CNN has iReporter , but unlike both of them Sharik uploaded content is handpicked by Aljazeera’s editors to make sure the story is true before it is published, which is a good policy to keep real news from lies. As One of iReporter’s user once published that the CEO of Apple has a cancer which led to depreciation of Apple’s stock value, and put CNN in an embarrassing situation.

Maktoob’s news is full of non news worthy content, but its use of citizen journalism has been kind of successful in its sport channel.( see Editor’s note on the comparison with Wikeez here.)

The first company to use Citizen journalism years ago was the south Korean company OhmyNews , another company is NowPublic the Canadian company that bought Trumors from Guy Kawasaki

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  1. hamid  |  January 6th, 2009 at 2:35 PM #

    video gaza

  2. Aljazeera Labs Beta Launched Crowdsourced Mapping Mashup For The War Gaza | ArabCrunch  |  January 9th, 2009 at 7:53 PM #

    […] of breaking news events, you can submit the content via the YourViews (Aljzeera English version of Sharek)  or via the email to: […]

  3. yahya  |  January 17th, 2009 at 11:24 PM #


    I would like you to tolk on more details about the war in GAZA and try to get two people from diffrent sides to join and say there opinion

    But I am in the Gaza side


    If you would like to contact me please call 07974330010
    Yahya aitabi hakimi from United kingdom Birmingham

  4. Shammas/yahya  |  March 31st, 2009 at 12:37 PM #

    We dont’t have to forget about the war in palestine not only gaza there are lots of people witch cannot suport there familys so please
    could you mention the war in palestine a litlle bit more.

  5. Shammas/yahya  |  March 31st, 2009 at 12:38 PM #

    Free palestine
    Free gaza

  6. Brohem  |  November 21st, 2009 at 3:29 PM #

    Egyptians have a lot to do with the suffering in Gaza. They 're part of the zionist agenda since they seem very keen to blockade one million & 1/2 people in the strip, flooding the tunnels with water and injecting gas in order to stop food arriving to Gaza. Egyptians even attacked the humanitarian convoy from England when it arrived at the egyptian border with Gaza. They (egyptians) behave like women to please their zionist masters for a handfull of dollars.
    They're a despicable bunch who behave cowerdly even in sport. Good thing Algeria taught them a lesson. They are the laughing stock of the world.

  7. Brohem  |  December 4th, 2009 at 10:02 AM #

    Whenever the Palestinian Authorities try to reach an agreement the zionists put more obstacles and conditions. Expl: that they should be recognized as a jewish state. Palestinians should accept the jewish state but on the 1948 borders.

  8. Yahya AITABI  |  December 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 PM #

    Salamualeikum Palestine is a country formed by Palestinians and no one else has the rifgts to interfere with that which is what he jews did "nd the jews took over Palestine because they dident have no were to live and they were hatted because Palestinians welcomed them to their country they decided to take over PLEASE GET YOUR FACT RIGH TANKYOU

  9. kibalama martin  |  April 29th, 2010 at 4:52 PM #

    i really like ur news up dates

  10. kibalama martin from uganda  |  April 29th, 2010 at 5:00 PM #

    i really don’t know what can be done so that ever lasting peace may prevail in that place (gaza) and pakistan as well .i also want some one 2 give more details on what was behind the egyptian-isreal war in which omar bashir now the president of sudan fought as a merchinary.some to help me should call on +256753691285

  11. mohamed  |  March 29th, 2011 at 9:44 PM #

    الله مجعل دول اسلامية امنة دائما/محمد

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