Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Philadelphia Daily News: Cell phones: Turning witnesses into reporters

From the Phildelphia Daily News:

"...by midafternoon, CNN anchors were routinely referring to [Jamal] Albarghouti as 'our I-reporter,' a designation a CNN spokeswoman later likened to 'citizen journalism.' In other words, Albarghouti volunteered."

"[Albarghouti's cell-phone video] was racking up impressive stats, having been viewed more than 900,000 times on CNN.com by 3:14 p.m. - numbers that were updated by CNN anchors through the afternoon in a marriage of news and marketing."