A “Citizen Journalism” Check-Up

By Brian 

Remember the impact of this cameraphone picture one year ago? The broadcast networks reacted by exploring how they could incorporate “citizen journalism” into newscasts.

“But a year later, none of the major TV news organizations have included citizen journalism as a major part of their newscasts,” B&C’s Anne Becker reports. “The news networks’ hesitancy to embrace content from viewers on-air has less to do with concern about video authenticity than with a desire to keep a certain level of quality and control.”

ABC “has experimented with viewer-contributed content about a half dozen times in the two years since it launched.” And “MSNBC says it’s working on technology to let viewers upload more video to its site.” Also, CNN “will shortly announce a plan to solicit viewer-contributed content.” More…