The terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India over the Thanksgiving holiday dramatized the increasingly important role that citizen journalists are coming to play in the reporting of breaking news. For hours after the attacks began, bloggers and Twitter users provided eyewitness accounts while professional journalists and television crews rushed to the scene. Not all of the information that was reported was accurate, and this has raised questions about the credibility of eyewitness reports in an age when everyone can be a journalist. David and Paul discuss some of the lessons the incident has taught us.
Here are a few stories that dramatize the role that citizen media played in the coverage.:
- A couple that survived the Mumbai terrorist attacks are interviewed on Charlie Rose.
- On The Media interviews Arnab Goswami, chief editor of one of the Indian English-language TV networks, about their role.
- On The Media interviews Gaurav Mishra about whether all the Twitterers were responsible or aided the terrorists.
- Amy Gahran on PoynterOnline talks about lessons learned and how Twitter uses can do better with real-time reporting.
- And Mindy McAdams has ten rules for online journalists here.
David and Paul also remark upon the blockbuster announcement out of Detroit this week that the city’s two largest dailies will scale back their print operations and move much of their journalism online. Is this a bold new innovation or a Hail Mary pass?
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