Thursday, January 06, 2005

Citizen Journalism's First Draft

Dan Gillmor calls the web's response to the tsunami horror a turning point, “because it brought the grassroots front and center in an even more powerful way than occurred on and after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.” Gillmor adds: “We used to call mainstream journalism the ‘first draft of history.’ Now, I'd argue, much of that first draft is being written by citizen journalists. And what they're telling us is powerful indeed.” Also read Steve Outing's piece at Poynter Online, Chris Nolan's piece at eWeek, Shefali Srinivas' at Online Journalism Review, Rebecca MacKinnon's piece at Personal Democracy Forum, JD Lassica's at Morph and Jon Garfunkel (scroll down) for a note of caution on "blog triumphalism."

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