Interesting short article on a new aggregating layer emerging in the media value chain. Sites like NowPublic and YouWitnessNews are taking advantage of the radical deputization of citizen reporters as cell phone technology has taken off. As with blogs however, the revolution that creates new possibilities also creates lots of trash that must be sifted. I particularly liked this characterization by NowPublic's CEO, Leonard Brody:
"Telling someone they are going to be a citizen journalist is like telling them they are going to be a citizen dentist; it requires training and the average person just can't do it."
Not sure I entirely agree with that. One might have said the same thing about most information professions at some point in history only to be proven wrong as technology, tools, awareness and skill levels advanced. In one sense, this is not all that big a leap from the blogosphere except for the imprimatur of professional news organization and the attempt to screen for quality. Not an enviable task. If you're in Brody's pioneering position, you get to see all the dreck up close.