In Let’s forget about citizen journalism Neil McIntosh links to a perfect comment about so-called “Citizen Journalism”:
“News journalism requires a level of commitment that only the hardcore amateur news junky could muster. Taking a picture of an event you happen to be close to is not journalism. Let’s face it: new forms of independent journalism have and will continue to appear, but don’t expect a flurry of well-written and accurate on-the-scene reports from the public at large any time soon. Weblogs and flickr can complement traditional journalism, but they can’t supplant it.”
Doing News well is hard. Assuming that just anyone can do it well is as stupid as suggesting that just anyone can do any other craft well. It takes committment, time, experience and resources – all things that are in short supply.