Citizen journalism, the user generated phenomenon that brought down Dan Rather's career and provided us with cell phone video of terrorist bombings, has quickly become part of the mainstream media, according to Read/Write Web. Blogs, lightweight video cameras, podcasts... all of the tools of the supposed amateurs are increasingly a part of Big Media's toolkit. Local companies such as Orato and NowPublic are also pushing forward with "crowd-sourced" journalism. The only question is, will decentralized journalism eventually take over traditional media, as the internet already has newspapers as a delivery medium?
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