Leonard Pitts at the Miami Herald is certainly correct that citizen “journalists” are not really journalists. He rants about it in this article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/06/1859362/citizen-journalists-spreading.html.
Whether it’s a neighborhood blogger who attends city council meetings or someone with a smart phone who snaps a photo or shoots a video of breaking news and then posts it on the Internet with commentary, that person knows nothing about journalism. They’re clueless. Having said that (and congratulating Mr. Pitts for his article), the fact remains that citizen journalists are now part of the mix. They are part of the journalism world and part of what PR practitioners must take into consideration. It will be interesting to see where all this leads. There is no doubt that citizen journalism will morph into something else. Who knows what that will be! But it is fascinating that the digital revolution now allows a vast number of people to report on what is happening in the world. Will they get it right?