Planet Abell: The Citizen Journalist Arrives in Full
mtippett | August 23, 2007 at 08:08 amby
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Reflections about citizen journalism from a 26 year Reuters veteran:
Remember the name Mark LaCroix.
Lacroix, a guy who lives in Minneapolis, carried CNN and blew away local coverage for the first crucial 20 minutes of today's collapsed bridge story, proving compelling, articulate live accounts after sending about five pictures of the destroyed span -- about what a pro's first dump would be. He even had the presence of mind to send CNN a filer, only a week old, of the intact bridge. CNN's producers didn't think to immediately make use of that image until LaCroix mentioned it in passing to a surprised Wolf Blitzer, who asked on the air that it be broadcast immediately.