With bloggers by the million, photos on every computer and 'friends' telling the news, what future is there for journalism? A very good future, I believe. Rather than destroying journalism, citizen journalism and its cousins are improving it. The future of both citizen journalism and traditional journalism is the same: Just journalism with no preface.
The key difference between traditional journalism and citizen journalism in its various guises is the difference between 'covering' and 'sharing'. A professional journalist assigned to a story will research the issues, talk to the people involved, check the facts and craft the results into a story. Then move on. The job of a journalist is to taste the world, one news bite at a time. A citizen journalist or blogger, however, lives the story. It is neither a passing interest nor something he or she was assigned to investigate. Rather than taking that quick bite of the world, citizen journalists share a bit of their own lives.
Discussion paper prepared for the Carnegie‐Knight Conference on the Future of Journalism, Cambridge, MA June 20‐21, 2008. PDF.