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Community journalism is also known as public journalism or civic journalism
Community journalism is a way of doing journalism, of serving the people, of involving the people in the issues that are important in their community.

1. This is the mere way to inform people about their rights and previligious.
2. This is only way to inform people at the grass root level and help people to be listened at the government and strategic level.
3. Community journalism is to create the relationships and bonding between the local people and government through the middleman or journalist.
4. The goal of community journalism and the goal of the journalist in this process, is consciousness raising. What that means is, to help bring to light information or issues that may be important to the citizens.
5. To interact with the people of the community and to have the citizens tell the journalist about the things that are important to them.
6. To have the journalist identify the issues that is important to the community. Community journalism means getting the public and the media involved in the same community issues.

Community journalism is a process of reporting on the grassroots level between the government and the community public. Journalist mix himself with public adopt the culture, give them confidence and approach their voice to newspaper or concerned authorities. There is a new way of thinking about journalism, a new way for each journalist to do his or her job. When a journalist goes into the field and begins exploring stories, the focus is to be less from the mouthpieces of business, industry and government and more in collaboration with the people. That's easily said but more difficult to do. Another component of this new way of thinking is in the newsroom--in editorial meetings. As a story lead develops, the journalist must consider how it impacts the people from all levels of the community. Civic/community journalism requires a more people-centered approach to developing stories and to the stories suggested for the media. The goal of civic/community journalism is to make the media valuable to the people, because journalists are telling and sharing with them the things that are important to them.

Distinctive characteristic of Community journalism
1. Community journalism is different from other sort of journalism in which the journalist works as the change agent or middle man between government and community civic.
2. This journalism of cover a particular geographical area such as home, town or any residential area.
3. Community journalism is more people centered approach
4. Community journalism is name of covering small scale geographical area like the cluster of villages, town, settlements or residential area.
5. It is also called as grass root journalism.
6. Community journalism refers to the involvement of three contributory factors. Journalist, government, and most importantly the community public.
7. Community journalism can be described using a simple three-phase process those three phases include: consciousness raising, working through the issue with the community, and then a phase of issue resolution.
8. Community journalism, as defined here, is not interchangeable with the term community media.
9. Community journalism is a way of doing journalism, of serving the people, of involving the people in the issues that are important in their community.

How far Public Listening skills are important for community journalism
Public listening skill is the first step for conducting journalist reaseach.journalist need to know the community think and feel and what is important to them. That's exactly what public listening is. It is the process of finding out from the community members the issues that are important to the community.
If the reporter is truly thinking about the community, being a community journalist, the reporter should ask the community, "what's important to you?" and allow the community to form the questions that the media can help to answer through their reporting.
The feedback or information that the public provides may include a number of sources. Feedback represents the ways reporters and the community can connect in this public conversation or dialog. Public listening is part of a conversation between the media and the community. Some ways of making this connection include getting involved in the community; talking to people individually; talking to groups of opinion leaders -- the clergy, schoolteachers, bankers, chiefs, local citizens --getting a cross-section of opinions. Surveys could also be used to collect community feedback. For example, newspapers could solicit public input through mail-in ballots, while broadcast audiences could call a special telephone number to express their ideas. Other innovative ways to collect information include town meetings and focus groups. Another important item about public listening is that the media shouldn't just ask people about what's wrong with their community. The media should also ask the public what's "right", so that the community can also see that there are good things going on so the community and can build on what has made their community good to help solve the problems that they see as making their community less than good.

The media must consider the public, the community, and the agenda? What are their issues? These issues, in the final analysis, may not be the issues the media think are the most important.
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