The explosion of so-called Citizen Journalism websites around the country has opened doors for unprecedented community contributions to journalism. Are these the works of "real" journalists? Depends on who you talk to, of course. The contributors to local efforts like the Twin Cities Daily Planet and The Uptake claim they are very much journalists. There are many others like Don Shelby and___ who state they are not. For Shelby its ostensibly a matter of vetting- is it a practice of citizen journalists to fact-check their stories. And there is the matter of training.
Kovach and Rosenstiel
Examples from "Citizen Media:Fad or the Future of News?"