Now, We Wait
from the if-you-build-it-hopefully-they-will-come dept
A company that recently launched to sell average people’s cameraphone photos to news outlets has signed up 1,200 potential paparazzi in a month — but hasn’t gotten any photos worth selling. This highlights one potential folly of citizen journalism efforts: they rely on (often untrained) citizen journalists. That’s not to say that journalism is a high art to be practiced only the trained and experienced few, but any company looking to make money from everyday peoples’ journalistic longings might want to invest in some training, too.