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I believe, as many do. that we are going to see an even larger rise in citizen journalism. There are some veteran reporters out there who are following this closely and leading the way.

Jack agrees with Persephone Miel that the technology isn’t the hard part. It’s the people. Jack’s book is full of enthusiasm for how journalism can revive old people and empower young ones. He’s also full of practical advice about interviewing, writing, and editing. He has lived the pro/am model and now shares his secrets of success. If anyone can make citizen journalism work, it’s Jack

It is great for more citizens to become engaged in their communities and commit acts of journalism. Yet even Jack agrees that they cannot replace entirely the professional journalists who are disappearing. This does not seem to be a concern for the public, particularly those under 40, who appear content to get their news through social networks, for free — and may not notice, at first, if the local newspaper or even The New York Times has withered to nothing.

Read the rest at MediaShift Idea Lab. The comments are also very revealing and I suggest you peruse them.

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