The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism

This article is designed to help publishers and editors understand citizen journalism and how it might be incorporated into their Web sites and legacy media. We’ll look at how news organizations can employ the citizen-journalism concept, and we’ll approach it by looking at the different levels or layers available. Citizen journalism isn’t one simple concept that can be applied universally by all news organizations. It’s much more complex, with many potential variations. —Steve OutingThe 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism (PoynterOnline)

If citizen journalist websites would organize some kind of virtual internships, in order to encourage promising student journalists and make them think seriously about how they can develop their talents, moving them from personal rants to quality research and reporting, how would that affect my role as a journalism teacher? A question to ponder.