Leonard Pitts Jr. who is a columnist in Miami Herald recently published his article “Citizen Journalists? Spreading Like a Cold.” In the article, he strongly mentioned that he does not believe in “citizen journalism” with James O’Keefe III‘s example.
“Citizen journalism,” we are told, is supposed to democratize all that, the tools of new technology making each of us a journalist unto him or herself. It is a mark of the low regard in which journalism is held that that load of bull pucky ever passed as wisdom. If some guy had a wrench, would that make him a citizen mechanic? If some woman flashed a toy badge, would you call her a citizen police officer? Would you trust your health to a citizen doctor just because he produced a syringe?
It is an interesting article that show an insight of mainstream news people toward citizen journalism and citizen journalist. If you get a chance, take a look at Tree Sonorans‘ response to Leonard Pitts Jr., “Citizen Journalists and Their Role“, published in Tucson Citizen.