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Citizen Journalism

July 30, 2008

This caught my eye today, from journalism.co.uk about a cyclist assaulted by a NYPD officer, the assault been caught on camera by a tourist in the area at the time and then posted to YouTube.

Now, is this journalism? There’s no commentary, no thought, just the capture of the action … the reporting to the wider world seems to have come from the more traditional outlets – once it had been seen on YouTube.

So is it journalism? Or like a chat in the pub, a half over-heard conversation on the train; just another source for the mainstream media to use.

And so you know , here’s the video:

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