31, July, 2007 Leave a comment
About a week ago, Singaporean blogger, Alex Au, kind of ‘blew the whistle’ on the rental story that was featured in one of the local mainstream print publications in his blog entry, S$2, 500 to rent a 3-room flat? The article was about the rental hikes in Singapore, and not convinced that a 3-room flat in Jurong East was fetching S$2, 500 in rent as reported, Mr Au decided to do a little investigating around the block of flats which happen to be near his place.
What he found out was that the flat was actually a two-in-one ‘jumbo flat’ and hence was able to fetch the high rent reported.
This goes to show how citizen journalists are also serious about finding out the truth and in this episode, blogger Alex Au helped to set the record straight on the rental yield of the flat.
Thus, it is little wonder that in an article entitled Citizen journalism aims high, we are told that NowPublic, a fast-growing citizen journalism website, has secured US$10.6 million dollars to finance its growth to become the world’s largest news agency.
Looks like citizen journalism is poised for further growth and has developed a sense of respectability about it.