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CNN Embracing Citizen Journalism?

That’s what CNet says:

CNN wants some of the clips being uploaded to popular video-sharing sites, such as YouTube, to find their way to the cable news channel.

Of course, the questions include:

  • What are the licensing terms?
  • Do the citizen journalists get anything but a pat on the back?
  • Etc.

Still, this will be an interesting move by CNN, and I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more.

3 Comments on “CNN Embracing Citizen Journalism?”

  1. #1 Reporters
    on Jul 31st, 2006 at 2:07 am

    Una pacca sulla spalla o anche un assegno? (post provocatorio)…

    Scrive CNet che la Cnn sta per lanciare Cnn Exchange, per diffondere attraverso i propri canali alcuni interessanti video di cronaca trovati su YouTube o in altri "raccoglitori" simili. E Dan Gillmor si chiede: ai citizen journalists sar&agra…

  2. #2 Seth Finkelstein
    on Jul 31st, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Glad you’re asking those questions, Dan. Here’s the answer: CNN gets a non-exclusive everything. The “citizen” gets nothing.

    “By submitting your material, for good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency and receipt of which you hereby acknowledge, you hereby grant to CNN a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide ….”

    Once again: What’s so great about being an unpaid freelancer?

  3. #3 tish grier
    on Aug 1st, 2006 at 5:01 am

    CNN, with the addition of some new “commentators” (and I use the term *very* loosely) is proving that it’s more interested in polemics and sensation than it is in journalism–so it’s no wonder they would finally capitualate to citizen journalism as a way of being more “edgy” than their counterparts.

    True citizen journalism needs to watchdog msm, not be its lapdog. CNN’s move is just another way of having the people do its job by offiering the people a chance to bask in its glow. How condescending.