The essentiality of citizen journalism

Since the rise and growing acceptance of what we now call "citizen journalism," there's been some level of resentment between traditional journalists and what they see as a faceless technology-armed mob devoid of proper training and ethics. It is somewhat fair; whether right or wrong, journalists see this mob as the primary culprit in gutting the industry of jobs. The responding rally, by most, has been "Don't you understand? You need us."

That was the message put out from Leonard Pitts, nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, following news that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would be conducting massive layoffs and moving to a three-days-a-week format. Before we get any further, I want to state that I do not disagree with the points he makes, but only intend to elaborate on why many look to citizen journalism as an alternative—and it isn't because it's free.

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