Citizen journalism is here to stay

by Warren Frey

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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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more

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