Citizen Journalism: A primer on the definition, risks and benefits and main debates in media communications research was published by The Open News Room (2012).
The risks and dangers of using copy from citizen journalists are real; the interconnectedness of the Internet means that unchecked false reports can be fed into the media, on a blog for instance and be picked up by many more websites and within minutes circulate throughout the world. The overall benefit however is that citizen journalism can help keep news current by publishing news as it happens. This can enrich mainstream media. With time, most citizen journalism will be clued on the do’s and don’ts of journalism and this can reduce the potential risk of citizen journalism to both the citizen journalist and the publisher. PDF.