Citizen “journalism.” First Picture of US Airways in the Hudson River. Photo by Janis Krums

Citizen journalism. There is so much to be said about being in the right place at the right time with a camera, and kudos to Mr. Krums for the amazing picture (taken with an iphone apparently), and the sense to post it on Twitter.

I have no reason to think that in this case the image was manipulated. But with all the attention this is getting, and with the use of this by some to trumpet the advantages of citizen “journalism,” vigilance must be the watchword if we rely too much on eyewitness reports (visual or otherwise) as journalism. Besides authenticity, we must remember that mere reporting of something alone isn’t journalism. It’s for that reason the editor in chief at The Gazette said recently that stories like that in his paper won’t EARN a byline.

What Mr. Krums did no doubt was a service to the public and journalism, especially since the image seems not to have been altered. But it served the public well by adding to the number of sources who witnessed the event, which will help with the analysis of that event. The analysis and making sense of something through multiple sources and points of view; now that’s journalism.



About Phil Carpenter

Hi all. I'm a newspaper photo/video journalist at The Gazette in Montréal, Canada, and I'm just reviving my film making skills from my university days, for the online version of our paper. It's been 13years since I began shooting professionally, four years at The Gazette, and a year since I've begun shooting and producing video stories and documentary shorts. I'm enjoying it immensely. In addition I have taught photojournalism at Concordia University's school of journalism, been a guest lecturer and panelist on classes and workshops on photo and multi media journalism. View all posts by Phil Carpenter

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