Tragedy Brings Out the Power of Citizen Journalism

Amy Gahran notes that despite the reasons and events that drive citizen journalism forward – its value is clearly illustrated in the Virginia Tech shootings this week:

“Doubtless in coming days we’ll be poring over the first-person blog entries, Twitter posts, forum discussions, Flickr photos, podcasts, moblogs, YouTube videos, and more from those unfortunate enough to be on that campus today. The most poignant content will get highlighted and examined; the harshest and most tasteless will get excoriated.”