In the era of the ubiquitous camera, websites that syndicate amateur video for professional news organizations had to emerge sooner or later. Is this another nail in Old Media’s coffin? A great deal of images for news has traditionally been provided by the likes of Reuters, AP and AFP. On the other hand, this is great for independent journalists such as Michael Totten and Michael Yon.
But perhaps it’s great in general. Journalism is hard. And many who practice it professionally are obviously unfit for it. We need more James O’Keefes and less Dan Rathers. And we simply can’t expect journalism schools to fill that void.