8 Best Citizen Journalists 2024

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Journalism used to be about providing people with facts and viewpoints and letting them decide. In the 60s and 70s it was generally accepted that Americans shouldn’t be able to tell the political orientations of network news anchors such as Walter Cronkite.

But that all changed with the rise of cable news. Many Americans complained that ABC, NBC and CBS, the three leading news channels in the United States, displayed left wing bias. The same phenomena was observed in other parts of the world.

In Australia, Rupert Murdoch began having success catering toward center and conservative viewers and jumped to the head of the ratings charts. In a short time, Fox News became a worldwide leader in news commentary and built a global empire in the United States, UK and Europe.

The Left countered with stations such as CNN and MSNBC and within a few years, traditional “News” agencies were left in the dust, ratings wise.

Now we find ourselves with polarized media choices that nobody would claim to show neutrality. Worse yet, these channels often align themselves with political parties and parrot their talking points. They have stopped challenging those in power, and are now a critical part of the power apparatus in America.

What can we do to fix the current situation?

Well, you can start by supporting our initiatives to celebrate Citizen Journalism, like sharing this article on social media.

But there's more...

On October 28th 2022, Elon Musk, purchased Twitter, renamed it X, and it has since become ground zero for those who distrust the media. This has led to the rise of Citizen Journalism by people such as James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, Chaya Raichik of Libs of Tik Tok and Dinesh D’Souze for his work producing investigative documentaries.

In this article we will list some of the most popular Citizen Journalists and what they are best known for. If you want to support them, please vote in our polls on X. Then go to your calendar and save the date of October 28th, 2024 for the first Citizen Journalists Awards ceremonies in Austin Texas, the world capital of Free Thought.

James O’Keefe

James O'Keefe wearing a Press t-shirt

James O'Keefe is a prominent investigative journalist known for his organization Project Veritas. With a background in philosophy and political science, O'Keefe has dedicated himself to exposing corruption, bias, and wrongdoing in various institutions and sectors.

One of O'Keefe's notable achievements is his work in undercover citizen journalism, where he and his team have used hidden cameras and other investigative techniques to uncover alleged misconduct. His investigations have targeted organizations ranging from media outlets to political campaigns.

O'Keefe's approach has been praised by some for its audacity and willingness to challenge the status quo. His supporters argue that his work helps hold powerful entities accountable and shines a light on issues that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Beyond his investigative work, O'Keefe has also been a vocal advocate for free speech and transparency in media and government. He has faced legal challenges and criticism from various quarters, but his commitment to what he sees as journalistic integrity and public interest remains a defining aspect of his career.

Chaya Raichik

Chaya Raichik is the founder of the social media account "Libs of TikTok," which gained significant attention for exposing videos of LGBT activism in the public school system. The account, primarily active on platforms like Twitter and TikTok, curates and shares posts from various social media users, focusing on topics related to gender, sexuality, and education.

Chaya Raichik, operating anonymously until her identity was revealed by a media outlet, has positioned herself as a prominent Citizen Journalist. In 2023 she recorded telephone conversations with renowned children’s hospitals such as the Children's National Hospital in Washington DC in which she exposed that these institutions were providing hysterectomies to minors.

Raichik's influence through "Libs of TikTok" extends into political and social realms, illustrating the power of social media in shaping public discourse. The account has been implicated in various controversies, including accusations of contributing to harassment and targeting of individuals featured in the posts. Despite these controversies, Raichik continues to be a prominent figure in Citizen Journalism, using her platform to influence opinions and discussions on a national scale.

Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D'Souza is a prominent political commentator, author, and filmmaker, known for his work exposing election fraud in the 2020 elections. Born in Mumbai, India, in 1961, D'Souza moved to the United States as an exchange student and graduated from Dartmouth College. His career includes serving as a policy advisor under President Ronald Reagan and affiliations with political organizations and think tanks.

D'Souza's work often focuses on American politics, Christianity, and what he perceives as the cultural and ideological battles shaping the United States. He has authored several books, with titles such as "The End of Racism," "What's So Great About America," and "The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left," which attempt to redefine historical and contemporary issues from a conservative perspective.

D'Souza's involvement in the political discourse extends to the cinematic field, where he has directed and produced documentaries critical of the Democratic Party and liberal ideologies, such as "2016: Obama's America" and "Hillary's America" and “2000 Mules”. His work is characterized by a confrontational style drawing attention to deep-seated divisions in American political life.

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi is a distinguished American journalist and author known for his incisive, often satirical approach to reporting on politics and finance. Born in 1970 in New Jersey, Taibbi comes from a journalistic background; his father, Mike Taibbi, is a well-known television reporter.

Matt Taibbi attended Bard College and later started his career in journalism in the burgeoning post-Soviet Russia of the 1990s, co-founding the English-language newspaper "The eXile."

Taibbi is best recognized for his work with "Rolling Stone" magazine, where he gained a reputation for his critical examination of the American political system and economic inequality. Notable works include "Griftopia," which portrays the American economy as a landscape dominated by greed and corruption, and "The Divide," which discusses the American justice system and economic disparity.

In recent years, Taibbi has also ventured into Citizen Journalism, contributing to the wider discourse around media bias and censorship. His work through platforms like Substack continues to challenge mainstream media narratives, emphasizing transparency and the need for journalistic integrity in a polarized sociopolitical environment.

Andy Ngo

Andy Ngo is a prominent figure known for his role as a citizen journalist and commentator, focusing extensively on issues related to political extremism. Ngo gained attention for his work documenting violent clashes and protests, particularly those involving antifa groups in the United States. His firsthand accounts and videos from protests have been widely circulated on social media, contributing to national debates on public safety and freedom of speech.

Ngo's reporting has sparked controversy and polarized opinions. Supporters claim he highlights underreported aspects of political violence while critics argue that his coverage exacerbates tensions. Andy Ngo's work underscores the complexities of citizen journalism in the age of social media.

Lara Logan

Laura Logan, a South African journalist, gained prominence through her work as a correspondent for CBS News, particularly on the show "60 Minutes." Known for her fearless reporting in dangerous regions, Logan's career has been marked by her on-the-ground coverage of war zones, including Afghanistan and Iraq

Her bold approach has brought critical stories to the forefront, earning her numerous journalism awards. In recent years, Logan has shifted towards Citizen Journalism, where she continues to influence public discourse on global and political issues, often sparking both support and criticism.

John Solomon

John Solomon is an American investigative journalist and executive known for his work in exposing political and governmental malfeasance. Having served in various editorial roles at major publications such as The Washington Times, The Associated Press, and The Hill, Solomon has developed a reputation for his investigative reporting on complex issues.

Solomon’s work often focuses on untangling intricate government and political narratives, which has garnered both acclaim and controversy. In recent years, Solomon has been associated with the Free Speech movement and Citizen Journalism, contributing to discussions on political bias and transparency in mainstream journalism.

Laura Loomer

Laura Loomer is an American political activist and independent reporter, known for her provocative public campaigns and confrontational style. Born in 1993, she initially gained attention while working with Project Veritas and later as an independent Citizen Journalist, focusing on issues such as censorship and bias against conservatives.

Loomer has been banned from multiple social media platforms such as Facebook, due to policy violations and as some have reported, due to suppression of information requested by the US government. Loomer unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Florida's 21st district in 2020, emphasizing her commitment to right-wing causes.

Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is an American author and political commentator known for her work with the news and opinion website "American Greatness." Her writings focus primarily on critiquing the American left, with a particular emphasis on environmental policies and the federal response to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

Kelly's articles often challenge the mainstream narrative on these issues.. She has been a vocal critic of the criminal justice system's handling of January 6 defendants, arguing that they are being treated unfairly.

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