Friday, May 19, 2006

Citizen journalism? Or just people taking pictures?

[Keyword: ]. The Press Gazette's Citizen Journalism awards seem to be taking a narrow view of what the genre means. "Only still pictures and/or video files will be considered", say the entry criteria with the upshot that the very best of citizen journalism - independent reporting, following up of sources, and expert analysis, gets overlooked.

I will refrain from the cynical analysis that this is something to do with Nokia's sponsorship and instead suggest this is more about how citizen journalism is focused on by the established media: as a source of material rather than a form of journalism outside of commercial considerations.

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