The floods in London proved everyone is a reporter. They just don’t know it yet

Journalism is about informing the public, writes Tom Richell. With everyone now having immediate access to share information, there really isn’t anyone in the developed world who cannot do that

Tuesday 27 July 2021 00:01
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<p>Heavy rain in London on Sunday  caused flash floods in many parts of the capital</p>

Heavy rain in London on Sunday caused flash floods in many parts of the capital

Years ago, as a journalism student, I argued in an essay that “everyone is a journalist”.

My theory was – working with a definition that journalism is about informing the public – there really isn’t anyone in the developed world who cannot do that.

It was 2013, so the rise of the smartphone and social media had happened a few years earlier, and near enough everyone I knew had immediate access to share and disseminate information at a moment’s notice.

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