SPOTLIGHT: The pitfalls of citizen journalism

The proliferation of camera-enabled mobile phones is pushing mobile blogging mainstream, primarily through major events such as the bomb attacks on the transit system in London in July. For the first time, The New York Times and The Washington Post ran photos on their front pages shot by citizen journalists with camera phones, and Britain's National Union of Journalists is launching a code of ethics. Many of the codes seem reasonable, such as requiring news organizations to conduct some due diligence as to where the photo came from. I still expect to see a couple of cases where news organizations were suckered into fraudulent photos since there really is no way to fully determine the authenticity of photos today. Article