Carolyn Classen of “Carolyn’s Community“ on TucsonCitizen.com recommends the Handbook for Citizen Journalists by Ronald Ross and Susan Carson Cormier. She values it as giving the training a citizen journalist needs having not gone to journalism school, including how to edit oneself, the importance of sources and how to avoid libel.
He points out that the book is honest with the state of citizen journalism, proclaiming its energy and entrepreneurial values and pointing out its tendency to attract legitimate criticisms.
Driscoll makes note of the controversial stance the book takes on “accidental journalism” and “advocacy journalism.” The book claims that accidental journalists, normal citizens caught in the middle of events who record them, are not true citizen journalists.
It also takes a neutral stance on advocacy journalism, where reporters promote a certain issue through their reporting, saying that as long as it’s transparent it’s fine.