The New Face of Citizen Journalism (is in your pocket)
A few years ago it was not uncommon to see on the TV News a disclaimer attached to any sort of video or photography shot by John Q. Public that read, amateur video/photography provided by John Q. Public. That little disclaimer always bothered me because a lot of John Q. Public's work was anything but amateurish - think Rodney King, the London subway bombing, the Virginia Tech massacre, the Zapruder film. All of that historic footage was recorded by regular folk like you and me. But have you noticed, with the explosion of digital cameras and cell phone cameras how all that amateur talk has all but faded away? No one is calling anyone an amateur anymore. In fact, the news bureaus encourage viewers to send their pics and video to their TV stations. This new NBC Philadelphia iPhone app proves my point, positively, expertly!